May 18, 2022

Get to Know Calgary Public Library’s Free Early Literacy App “Grow a Reader”, Free for iPad and iPhone

Version 1.0 of the Growing Readers app from the Calgary Public Library became available about a month ago. It’s free for iPad and iPhone. We were able to access and download the app in the U.S. app store.

Kudos to CPL for developing this app. Superb idea!!!

From the App Store Description:

Smiling, laughing, and learning! The Calgary Public Library Grow a Reader app teaches parents and caregivers how to develop early literacy skills in young children. Download it for free!

Grow a Reader takes the fun interactive rhymes, finger plays and songs from our popular early literacy programs and delivers them to you, wherever you are.

Watch the videos to learn the rhymes and songs, and then perform them with your child to help develop their early literacy skills, and get them ready for reading.

Take your child’s learning further with tips and book suggestions based on five key practices that help develop early literacy skills.


  • 27 videos demonstrating interactive finger rhymes, face & body rhymes, lullabies, tickles and bounces
  • Tips for developing your child’s early literacy skills based on five key practices
  • Suggested books for promoting early literacy with links to our catalogue. Place a hold and go!

Direct to Grow a Reader App From the Calgary Public Library (via iTunes App Store)

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