Although it might sound like it, early literacy is not teaching your young child how to read. It's about helping your children become aware of and comfortable with books and language. You are getting them ready to learn to read.
Current research on early literacy and brain development indicates that it is never too early to prepare children for success as readers. Parents and caregivers of newborns, toddlers and preschoolers must be aware of the critical role they play as the child's first teacher. You can help children learn important pre-reading skills now that will make it easier for them to learn to read when he or she starts school. Research shows that children who are read to from an early age have a larger vocabulary, have better language skills when they start school, have a greater interest in books, and enjoy reading activities to a greater extent.
Every Child Ready to Read (ECRR) is a research-based, early literacy initiative developed by the American Library Association and the Public Library Association to promote the six pre-reading skills that children must know before they can learn to read. Its goal is to provide public libraries with the tools needed to educate parents and caregivers on the importance of early literacy and to facilitate the sharing of books and activities that will help develop the skills necessary for reading success.