Early Literacy

Every Child Ready to Read

Anne Arundel County Public Library (AACPL) is committed to providing parents with the tools to help their children get ready to read. Every Child Ready to Read programs are offered weekly in every branch. All programs require a caring adult to attend with the child.

Storytimes for Babies and Young Children

Babies and young children enjoy songs, rhymes and playtime while building early reading skills. This is a great way to get to know other parents in your community

March 28

Preschool Storytime - 9:30am - Broadneck
Babies in Bloom - 9:30am - Glen Burnie
Toddler Time - 9:30am, 10:30am - Odenton
Toddler Time - 9:30am - Annapolis
Babies in Bloom - 9:30am - Crofton

More Storytimes

  • Family Storytime - Families enjoy stories, songs, rhymes and movement activities while building early reading skills.
  • Sensory Storytime - Specifically designed for children ages 3 - 7 years with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), sensory processing issues or other disabilities. Registration is required.
  • Bilingual Storytime - Families with young children enjoy stories, songs, rhymes and movement activities while building early reading skills in English and Spanish.
  • Music & Movement - Sing, chant and play! Explore sounds, rhythms and patterns that make up our language
Tuesday, March 28 - 6:30 PM - Family Storytime - Riviera Beach
Saturday, April 01 - 11:00 AM - Family Storytime - Maryland City at Russett
Monday, April 03 - 6:30 PM - Bilingual Storytime - Annapolis
Wednesday, April 05 - 6:30 PM - Music and Movement - Odenton
  • Baby dancing in a storytime session
  • Preschool boy holding legos
  • A preschool girl in a crocodile hat making a growly face
  • Toddler girl looking thoughtful and seriously listening
  • Toddler boy in holding a board book
  • Toddler girl at a computer holding a mouse
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Five Practices

These five early literacy practices will help every child develop the foundation for reading, listening, writing, and learning for a lifetime.

Talking with children is one of the best ways to help them learn new words, and to learn about language and conversation.

Singing and rhyming are fun ways for children to learn about language.

Reading together is the most important way to help children get ready to read. Children who have fun being read to are more likely to want to learn to read themselves.

Writing and reading go together. Scribbling and writing help children learn that the written words stand for spoken language.

Playing helps children learn about the world, express themselves and put ideas into words. Playing also helps children understand that spoken and written words stand for real things and emotions.