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December 11, 2014

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Rx Read: Perri Klass and Reach Out and Read at Bellevue Hospital

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The Manhattan hospital’s far-reaching implementation of this early literacy initiative, in which pediatricians hand out books to babies and young children during checkups, is changing lives.

This article was published in School Library Journal's October 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Slideshow: Ohio Early Learning Conference | Fostering Lifelong Learners 2014

During the day's Visit Discovery Learning Stations portion, an attendee plays with a shark puppet that is part of the Cuyahoga County Public Library's literacy program that uses puppets.

On September 19, the Cuyahoga County (OH) Public Library hosted the Fostering Lifelong Learners conference presented by SLJ and sister publication The Horn Book with Robert Needlman proclaiming tears, Kevin Henkes talking about his children being “built by books,” and Case Western University’s Robert Fischer talking big data.

Texas Superintendent Adopts Digitized Early Learning Program

Texas Superintendent Adopts Digitized Early Learning Program

Using a community-wide digital reading program, Superintendent Ruben Alejandro of Texas’s Weslaco Independent School District has made literacy a priority for not only his school district, but for all kids in the community ages zero to three.

Incorporating Every Child Ready to Read in Bilingual Storytimes | Libro por libro

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To celebrate the recent Spanish-language launch of the early literacy initiative, Every Child Ready to Read, Libro por libro has selected kid-friendly bilingual and Spanish titles that work well with each of the five practices: talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing.

This article was published in School Library Journal's July 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Get On Board: SLJ Selects A Bevy of Board Books

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In light of increased attention on early childhood development, SLJ presents a selection of fun and engaging board books.

This article was published in School Library Journal's July 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

American Academy of Pediatrics Says Reading from Birth Can Close Learning Gap

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The American Academy of Pediatrics has announced a new policy that tells parents read to their children from birth in order to help close the achievement gap.

Preschool and the Income Gap: Libraries Must Step Up to Serve Children of Color | First Steps

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The effects of the income gap are starkly evident in long-range studies of our youngest learners, making it critical for libraries to provide early learning services to those who need it the most: poor children.

This article was published in School Library Journal's May 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Fusenews: All you need is love (and books before the age of 3)

Fusenews: All you need is love (and books before the age of 3)

The latest roundup by Betsy Bird of A Fuse #8 Production.

Cleveland Public Library Pushes Out 54 Early Literacy Stations

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The Cleveland Public Library has opened 54 new Early Literacy Stations across its 27 branches in the hope of enticing young learners, ages 2-8, through gamification and other means.

Read, Play, Grow!: Enhancing early literacy at Brooklyn Public Library

All photographs ©Philip Greenberg/Courtesy of Brooklyn Public Library.

Research has long supported the importance of play in early literacy, yet many parents remain mystified about how to engage with young children in fun activities, particularly at the pre-verbal stage. Enter the library.

Bank Street Writers Lab Hosts Early Literature Conference

Jean Marzollo and Robie H. Harris at Bank Street.

Lovers of children’s picture books and early literacy advocates gathered earlier this month at Bank Street College for “Literature for Early Childhood: What Do You Need to Know?” an inaugural mini conference sponsored by the Bank Street Writers Lab. The event brought together child development experts, educators, and creators of children’s literature.