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

July 26

Babies in Bloom - 10:00am - Riviera Beach
Babies in Bloom - 10:00am - Maryland City at Russett
Babies in Bloom - 10:00am - Eastport-Annapolis Neck
Toddler Time - 10:00am - Deale
Toddler Time - 10:30am - 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
Thursday, August 17 - 6:30 PM - Family Storytime - Severn
Thursday, August 17 - 6:30 PM - Bilingual Storytime - Riviera Beach
Wednesday, August 23 - 10:00 AM - Music and Movement - Eastport-Annapolis Neck
Thursday, August 24 - 10:30 AM - Dance Party and Parachute Play - Edgewater
  • Toddler girl at a computer holding a mouse
  • Toddler boy in holding a board book
  • Toddler girl looking thoughtful and seriously listening
  • A preschool girl in a crocodile hat making a growly face
  • Preschool boy holding legos
  • Baby dancing in a storytime session
Talking Singing Reading Writing Playing (r)

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.