The Office of Commonwealth Libraries has developed a series of print resources to share early literacy tips with families and caregivers of babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. These brochures are available at no cost to Pennsylvania early learning programs. The materials include:
  • Healthy Bodies Brochure: A great selection of books that promote healthy eating or gives adults the opportunity to have a conversation about healthy choices. It also includes books that get kids up stretching and moving; habits that get children off to a great start. Order in increments of 50, maximum order is 500.
  • Cruise Into Kindergarten Activity Cards (Pack). Packed in 25 sets of all 16 cards. These cards provide simple activities on the card’s topic for adults and preschoolers to do together, including rhyme suggestions. Topics include STEAM and other topics addressed in PA Standards for an Early Childhood. Order in increments of 25, maximum order is 250.
  • 101 Great Picture Books for Preschoolers. Books everyone should own and promote! This list includes a wide variety of old and new favorites, award winners, fiction and non-fiction books that every preschooler will enjoy when a caring adult reads it aloud. It also serves as an introduction to great authors and illustrators. Order in increments of 50, maximum order is 500.
  • Cruise Into Kindergarten (English). This brochure provides tips on early learning in areas such as literacy, math, science, the arts and community from a child’s point of view. One side is a gameboard and markers for adults to play a fun game that includes experiences geared to activities that the child is proud to show off and/or needs to learn. Order in increments of 50, maximum order is 500.
  • Cruise Into Kindergarten (Spanish). This brochure provides tips on early learning in areas such as literacy, math, science, the arts and community from a child’s point of view. One side is a gameboard and markers for adults to play a fun game that includes experiences geared to activities that the child is proud to show off and/or needs to learn. Order in increments of 50, maximum order is 500.
  • Early Literacy Brochure Ages 0-2. This brochure helps adults start the very youngest on a road to reading with tips and book suggestions for babies and young toddlers. Order in increments of 50, maximum order is 500.
  • Early Literacy Brochure Ages 2-3. Tips for activities, stories and more are included in this brochure that also lets families know that sitting still is not on a toddler’s list of things to do. Order in increments of 50, maximum order is 500.
  • Early Literacy Brochure Ages 4-5. Books and literacy tips that give adults more ideas for longer, more involved stories and ideas for getting kids ready to learn. Order in increments of 50, maximum order is 500.
Click here to place an order. This project was made possible with Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Office of Commonwealth Libraries.