A toddler looking at a bookEarly Literacy

Children are more likely to succeed in school and later in life if parents and caregivers talk, sing, and read to them every day at a young age. We offer a variety of classes and materials to support early literacy learning that will help children develop critical literacy skills before they start school.

Attend storytimes & programs

Our storytimes use talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing to build early literacy skills — the skills that children need to start reading. Check our calendar for upcoming offerings. 

Sign Up for 1000 Books Before Kindergarten

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is funded in part by the Darien Rotary Club.We encourage all families and caregivers to read 1,000 books with their children before they enter kindergarten to help ensure their child has the necessary early literacy skills to succeed. For more information about signing up for the program, visit the Kids & Teens Ask Us Desk. Check out our winners on the 1,000 Books "Wall of Fame."

Book Logs: 1-100 | 101 - 200201 - 300 |  301 - 400 | 401 - 500 | 501 - 600 | 601 - 700 | 701 - 800 | 801 - 900 | 901 - 1000

Explore with Book Bundles

Use a Book Bundle with your child to explore different themes and topics. Book Bundles include books, puzzles, educational toys, and activities for children ages 2–6. Themes currently available include . . . 

  • ABCs
  • Animals
  • Colors
  • Shapes

Find a complete list of all Book Bundles in our library's catalog.

Sponsored by Target

Learn with Parenting Packs

Use a Parenting Pack with your child to help them through an early life milestone. Current Parenting Packs include . . .

  • Potty Training
  • Starting School
  • New Baby in the House

Find a complete list of Parenting Packs in our library's catalog.

Sponsored by Target

Play with Baby Bundles

Use a Baby Bundle with your child to entertain and practice early literacy. Baby Bundles include board books, educational toys, and activities based on Every Child Ready to Read’s five practices (read, write, talk, sing, and play) for children ages 0-3. Themes currently available include . . . 

  • Alphabet
  • Make Music
  • Peek-a-boo
  • Things that Go
  • Zoo

Find a complete list of all Baby Bundles on our library's catalog.

Sponsored by the Sadowski Family

Grow with LeapFrog Kits

LeapFrog kits are preloaded tablets with educational games and apps. We offer the following kinds of LeapFrog kits for check-out. . .

Tumblebooks

Tumblebooks is a core collection for K-3 schools which is used by over 30,000 schools and school districts around the world. There are over 550 titles which include animated talking picture books, books in English, French and Spanish, read-alongs, non-fiction books, and National Geographic Videos.

  • Narrates and animates popular picture and chapter books for kids
  • Always available - no waiting lists
  • Use Tumblebooks on your computer
  • Download the app on the Apple App Store or Google Play Store