What Is Literacy and Why Is It Important?

We often talk about literacy, but what exactly is it, and why is it such an important topic to learn about?

Here are three reasons we put an emphasis on developing pre-literacy skills in young children.

Reason 1

Early literacy is the natural development of skills through the enjoyment of books. It is not just about learning to read, but also about building positive interactions with your child and setting them up to learn and succeed.

Reason 2

It prepares them to learn as they grow. Doing literacy activities like reading, talking, singing and playing from birth can set your child up for successful language development, which is a major building block to prepare children for all other types of learning.

Reason 3

Developing literacy skills is an important step in preparing your child for kindergarten. In the U.S., 1 in 3 children enter kindergarten without the skills they need to learn to read and succeed in school. In Campbell County, though, only 54.5% of children meet Kindergarten Readiness standards. By emphasizing literacy activities and reading, you can help improve your child’s readiness for school.

At the Library

Literacy skills may feel intimidating as you try to help your child, but the library wants to make it easier for you. Check out the services we provide like Story Times (available on YouTube or in-person), our Touch Tone Tales line that you can call to listen to a story and much more! Visit our blog every day this week for more tips to help you weave literacy learning into your child’s life.

Early Literacy Week
Sunday, May 2 – Saturday, May 8.

Enjoy free books for kids at checkout and blog posts on how to support your child’s literacy and outdoor story times. Plus, be entered into a grand prize drawing for a 3 month subscription to BookRoo, a Love Them Out Loud literacy box and a $50 gift card to Out of Print.

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