January 28, 2022

Another Day Brings Another New Early Literacy Resource from a Canadian Public Library

Yesterday, we shared info and links about the new and super cool (free too!) early literacy app for developed by the Calgary Public Library.

Today, let’s head east from Alberta to Ontario, home of the world’s busiest urban library system, the Toronto Public Library.

TPL has also just released a early literacy resource that will be distributed to locations across the province.

From The Toronto Star:

The Toronto Public Library’s new guide to help boost literacy in young children has everything from rhymes to repeat and songs to sing, to a list of recommended reading.

Touted as a unique resource that combines both fun and practical tips for helping kids develop an interest in the written word, the library will distribute 100,000 copies of Let’s get Ready for Reading to city childcare centres, parenting and literacy centres as well as every library branch in Toronto and throughout Ontario.


Tara Stadius, one of the librarians who worked on the guide, said a lot of research went into what to include.

“We were drawing on the knowledge of a lot of other children’s librarians throughout the system, and outside the system,” said Stadius.

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Learn More via this Toronto Public Library News Release

Let’s Get Ready for Reading was developed for Ontario parents by Toronto Public Library children’s librarians, caregivers and educators, as they support early literacy in children, birth to five. The guide was created to provide parents and caregivers with a broad understanding of the important pre-literacy skills that help develop reading readiness, and illustrates to them that reading success – and later success in school – is achievable through fun and easy everyday activities.

The guide contains:

Suggestions for fun, easy , everyday activities and games that foster reading readiness
Librarian-recommended reading booklists
Tricks and resources to help get your child “ready for reading”
And much more!

See Also: The Early Literacy Portion of the TPL Web Site

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.