Early literacy is all about what children know about reading before they actually read, write or attend school. This includes everything from a baby teething on a board book, to a clever four-year-old who memorized the text in a simple book. Exposing children to a variety of books and pictures helps stimulate their tiny brains. Introducing a child to a variety of picture books from birth helps nurture the development of the important connections (synapses) in the brain that are needed for the baby's brain to grow.

Synapse picture credit to Public Library Association
Synapse picture - credit to Public Library Association

Below are some milestones in early literacy development:

Infants Birth to 1 year1 to 2 year olds2 to 3 year olds3 to 5 year olds