Children's Corner

Early Literacy is what your child knows about reading and writing BEFORE they can actually read or write.

YOU Are Your Child's First Teacher!

Roughly 35% of children in the United States enter school without the basic skills that are needed to learn to read.  You can help your child get ready to learn to read by having fun with these activities based on the Every Child Ready to Read® project of the American Library Association.



Give your child lots of opportunity to speak, and encourage them to express themselves verbally.

When sharing books, ask your child to describe what they see in the pictures. Share meanings of words that may be unfamiliar rather than replacing them with words they are used to. Try playing a game where you repeat the new word, or make up a melody to help them learn the new word.


Songs are a fun and easy way for children to learn about language because it helps the child hear and identify the different sounds that make up words. Clapping along to the music also helps the child to separate the sounds of the words they are hearing, and that there are different sounds that make up words.


Reading with your child is the BEST way to help them get ready to read! By spending time reading with your child, they learn how to turn pages, how to follow the text, and what letters look like.

Choose books that you will both enjoy! If you are enthusiastic about reading time, your child will be too. Be sure to talk about the book and the pictures, and always respond to your child's questions or comments. Always keep the interaction positive and enjoyable, and if you really liked a story you shared together, TELL your child how much you enjoyed it!

Read the same story over and over....then see if your child can "read" you the story!


Encourage your child to scribble away by giving them lots of opportunity to draw and write. Ask them to describe what they are drawing and help them to put their name on their pictures. This will help them make the connection between words they hear and words they say.


Playing is benificial because children begin to understand that the words they hear and see stand for real object and experiences. Encourage your child to use their imaginations with toys, stuffed animals and/or puppets to tell and re-tell their stories.


CRLS Libraries provide weekly storytime programs for preschool children.  Your child can enjoy stories, songs, rhymes, fingerplays and more in a fun, supportive and interactive environment while building language skills.


Explora supports student research and classroom instruction with reliable, informative content designed to meet the needs of all students. Topics are simple to more complex and organized by popular themes as well as reading level so students may locate accurate information quickly.



Tumblebooks is an online collection of animated, talking picture books and puzzles created from existing picture books, large print chapter books and classic children's books.

This fun and interactive site is great for preschoolers, beginning readers and older independent readers.  Children can read along and listen or read on their own. Jigsaw puzzles, word fun and memory games can be played after reading a book.


TumbleBooks son libros animados, con ilustraciones que hablan, para enseñar a los niños los placeres de la lectura en un formato que les encantará.


Interactive Early Literacy Websites

Lil' Fingers Storybooks - a storybook site for toddlers with educational games, storybooks and printable coloring pages.

PLAY-GROW-READ - Simple Crafts and Activities for Early Literacy Skills by Kent District Library.

StoryPlace Pre-school Library - Themes activities put together by Charlotte Mecklenburg Library.

PBS KIDS - Educational Games, Videos and Activities For Kids.

Baby Karaoke - Sing along with nursery rhymes & songs for baby from the Raising Children Network.    


Early Literacy Websites for More Information

PBS Parents Reading and Language - Learn how children become readers and writers and how YOU can help them develop by talking, reading, and writing together every day. - United Way of America, the Ad Council, Civitas and Families and Work Institute have created this site that helps parents, caregivers and communities create quality early learning opportunities for young children.

Grow Up Reading - Information on brain development, emergent literacy, activities, and books to Read for each stage of your child's development.

Get Ready to - Early Literacy information from the National Center for Learning Disabilities.


Parent Guide to Early Literacy Brochures

Early Talkers:  Birth to Two-Year-Olds 
Talkers:  Two and Three-Year-Olds
Pre-Readers:  Four and Five-Year-Olds


Every Child Ready to Read® @ your library®, PLA and ALSC logos are registered trademarks of the American Library Association and are used with permission.

2015 Children's Sequoyah Masterlist

Students in grades 3 through 5 must read or listen to 3 or more titles to vote.

Applegate, Katherine. The One and Only Ivan. Ivan, a silverback gorilla who resides in a rundown mall circus, finds a way, through his painting, to provide a better home at a large zoo for he and his animal friends.

Bauer, Marion Dane. Little Dog, Lost. Written in verse, Little Dog, Lost is a story of a boy, a dog and a small town in need of a dog park. It is also a story of loss, heartbreak, determination and love between people and animals.

Clifton, Lutricia. Freaky Fast Frankie Joe. Frankie Joes is a twelve-year-old boy who has been uprooted from his home in Texas and taken to live with his father in Illinois where he has to learn to be part of a family and where he learns to use his strong work ethic to start a small, but successful business.

Cox Judy and Amanda Haley. The Secret Chicken Society. Daniels’s third grade class raises baby chicks for a class project. He gets to take five chickens home for the summer and is surprised when one of them turns out to be a rooster.

Graff, Lisa. Double Dog Dare. Francine and Kansas find themselves in a dare war. The winner will be the news anchor for the Media Club at Auden Elementary. Boy against girl, enemies at first, but they have more in common than just the dares.

Harkrader, Lisa. The Adventures of Beanboy. Seventh grader Tucker McBean loves comic books. When a contest to create a new sidekick is announced, Tucker aims to win it with his creation of Beanboy, in order to make life for his struggling family easier.

Kimmel, Eric A. Hiss-s-s-s! Omar convinces his parents to let him have a pet snake; however his mom is not too keen on the idea. The snake escapes and Omar has to catch Arrow before his parents find out.

Loftin, Nikki. The Sinister Sweetness of Splendid Academy. Lorelei Robinson is an eleven year-old girl whose life has been turned upside down by her mother’s passing, her father’s new marriage, and the arrival of a new school in the neighborhood where the teachers don’t seem to care much about homework or learning, just that the students eat as much as possible.

Messner, Kate. Capture the Flag. Stranded in a Washington D.C. airport, Anna, Jose, and Henry try and uncover the mystery of who has stolen the original Star Spangled Banner.

 Moore Thomas, Shelley. The Seven Tales of Trinket.  Eleven-year-old Trinket and her friend Thomas the Pig Boy leave home after Trinket’s mother dies, following a hand-drawn map to search for Trinket’s father, a bard who left home on a trip long ago and never returned. Along the way they encounter selkies, banshees, faeries and more while building courage and developing the stories Trinket needs to become a bard herself.

Spinner, Stephanie. Alex the Parrot: No Ordinary Bird. Irene Pepperberg walks into a pet store and buys an African grey parrot for her Avian Learning Experiment. Alex the parrot surprises everyone with his ability to learn simple and complex concepts.

Stiles, Martha Bennett. Sailing to Freedom. Twelve-year-old Ray discovers a secret on board his uncle’s schooner in the early 1800’s. While trying to keep his pet monkey out of trouble, Ray must decide whether or not to help keep the secret of transporting a fugitive slave who just happens to be a baby to the free north.

Tooke, Wes. King of the Mound: My Summer with Satchel Paige. After recovering from polio twelve year old Nick returns home and with a brace on one leg, Nick takes a job with the team for which his father is catcher and he gets to see the great pitcher Satchel Page play during the 1935 baseball season.

Vernick, Audrey. Brothers at Bat. The Acerra brothers were the longest playing all-brother baseball team ever, hitting homers, overcoming game changing injuries, fighting in World War II, playing in the minor leagues; these brothers did it all, together.

Watts, Jeri. Kizzy Ann Stamps. July 1, 1963. Kizzy Ann Stamps is getting ready to start a new integrated school and she’s really nervous. She’s nervous about how the white teachers and students will treat her. What will they say about the big scar running down the side of her face? One thing she is sure about and that is her best friend Shag, her devoted dog. Kizzy Ann Stamps learns a lot about people and how sometimes the color of your skin doesn’t matter, but what’s on the inside of a person is what is important.


2016 Children's Sequoyah Masterlist

Students in grades 3 through 5 must read or listen to 3 or more titles to vote.
More information coming soon.


  1. Mountain Dog by Margarita Engle
  2. Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman
  3. Words with Wings by Nikki Grimes
  4. Charlie Bumpers vs. the Teacher of the Year by Bill Harley
  5. The Worm Whisperer by Betty Hicks
  6. The Great Trouble: A Mystery of London, the Blue
    Death, and a Boy Called Eel
    by Deborah Hopkinson

  7. The Adventures of a South Pole Pig by Chris Kurtz
  8. Elvis and the Underdogs by Jenny Lee
  9. White Fur Flying by Patricia MacLachlan
  10. Chews Your Destiny: The Gumazing Gum Girl! by Rhode Montijo
  11. To Dare Mighty Things: The Life of Theodore Roosevelt by Doreen Rappaport
  12. Sugar by Jewell Parker Rhodes
  13. Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin by Liesl Shurtliff
  14. Becoming Babe Ruth by Matt Tavares
  15. Gone Fishing by Tamera Will Wissinger