Parent Resources

The ability to read well is the most important skill children must possess as they enter into adulthood and the job market, and become engaged and successful members of our global city. Getting an early start in building reading skills is critical to a child’s success in school and in life. Studies show that 50 percent of a child’s intellectual development happens between birth and age 4.

The Mount Carroll Township Public Library has created a list of four simple steps parents can take to help children in their lives build their reading skills.

Creating a society of readers is everyone’s responsibility – and everyone will benefit from the results.

1. Get a library card and use it.
2. Read aloud with a child for 20 minutes a day.
3. Have books in your home.
4. Set the example, get caught reading a good book.

If you can read this…you should be reading to your child.

Helpful Websites:

Born to Read:  How to Raise a Reader -The Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, describes ways parents can develop early literacy skills by sharing books starting at birth. Includes suggested websites and books to share.

Mem Fox:  Teaching, Learning, Living - In addition to information about the author and her books, Mem Fox introduces reading aloud with “And Do It Like This.” Children and parents can also enjoy hearing Mem read her books aloud.

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) - NAEYC has developed this site for children’s first teachers – their parents. Here parents will find information on the early learning years, booklists and a resource for finding quality early childhood programs.

PBS Parents.org - PBS provides parents and children with a literacy goldmine of great information, books, activities and games.

Reading is Fundamental (RIF) - This website for RIF coordinators, educators and parents provides a forum to prepare and motivate children to read through a variety of literacy activities

Zero to Three - As the “Nation’s leading resource on the first years,” Zero to Three promotes the healthy development of babies and toddlers; includes a Parenting A-Z, Tip of the Week and a link to Brain Wonders, a collaborative project to help babies and toddlers grow and develop.