Sitting on the lap and reading

Early Childhood Care Providers and Educators play a crucial role in the development of the children they care for. Recent research studies have shown that early childhood experiences help determine brain structure, shaping thinking and learning. In addition, children who are introduced to books and early literacy skills from a young age are more likely to succeed when they go to school.

Many raising readers books have an activity page printed into the back of the book. These activity pages support early literacy skill-building and were developed by Susan Bennett-Armistead, PhD, the Correll Professor of Early Literacy at the University of Maine.

Early Literacy Calendar
We are no longer producing our Early Literacy Calendar. Instead, we are producing a series of downloadable early literacy handouts that can be printed out and used by families and organizations. The handouts contain the early literacy information that so many people found valuable in the calendar.

Other Resources
CURRENT raising readers Books
ACTIVITIES for raising readers Books
Download READING TIPS in other languages
Download the "Emergent Literacy - Developmental Assessment Tool"
See Kids Health for information on early childhood development and children's health issues.