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Reading and writing go together, as children become aware that printed letters stand for spoken words. Children develop a knowledge of the purpose and meaning of reading through writing. Writing helps children to:

  • Practice eye-hand coordination and fine motor control as they scribble and draw.
  • Discover that the written word represents the spoken word, which come together to tell stories and communicate information.

Activities and Printables

Steps on how to include “Write” in library programming:

  • Make alphabet books with your families.
  • Feature a “letter of the week” in storytime or on a display in the youth area.
  • Use different materials for children to trace letters in, such as on sand paper or in shaving cream.
  • Use name crafts; by focusing on the letters of a child’s first name they quickly learn those letters represent them.

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Book Recommendations

Play while reading text to help children make sense of the book. Children can use props such as puppets to talk about the characters in a storybook and retell the story or use other objects to think more deeply about informational text. If there are vocabulary words that are unfamiliar, acting them out through dramatic play helps them by using words they already know and put the new words into action.

Papa, Please get the moon for me

Papa Please Get the Moon for Me

Carle, Eric

Model writing by creating a special wish list with the children in your group after reading and talking through this sweet story.

A Squiggly Story

A Squiggly Story

Larsen, Andrew

Featuring a young preschooler who knows his letters, but not quite how to make words. Follow along as his simple letters slowly grow to make words and the words become a story! 

Shape by Shape

Shape By Shape 

MacDonald, Suse

Big, bold color shapes form different creatures.  Teach children about shapes, because shapes become letters and letters become words.

It Looked Like Spilt Milk

It Looked Like Spilt Milk

Shaw, Charles

Color or draw clouds with your child, looking for different shapes in the images.  

Mouse Shapes

Mouse Shapes

Walsh, Ellen Stroll

Discover together different shapes and what the mice can create using them.