Tagged early literacy

Books for Emerging Readers | Snail and Worm by Tina Kügler

Beginning readers are books aimed at those who are just learning to read. They have easy to read text accompanied by illustrations that reinforce reading comprehension. These books are meant to instill a love of reading by introducing…

Picture Book Highlights | Let's Go Hiking

In these times of social distancing and no indoor activities, what better way to spend time than venturing outside and going for a hike in the great outdoors? You don’t have to go far—here in Philly we have both Fairmount…

Picture Book Highlights | Rain

Do rainy days get you down? For some people, rain seems to spoil the day. I used to think of rainy days as gloomy and gray, but these books have changed my mind.   Rain written by Linda Ashman ; illustrated by Christian Robinson…

Picture ebooks Highlights | It's Summertime!

Do you have a favorite season? I do – mine is summer. What’s not to like, I say? Long days, open windows, warm weather, shorts and sandals, water and bathing suits, reading on hammocks… I could go on and on! Here are…

Picture ebooks Highlights | The Old Truck

We are back with another Picture ebook Highlight , a series where we put the spotlight on an ebook that you can read at home, using the Free Library's Digital Media portal. This time we are going to talk about a book published back…

Picture ebook Highlights | Author and Illustrator Jan Thomas

Some authors / illustrators have a special talent for creating stories perfect for storytime, for audience participation, and plenty of belly laughs. Today we will talk about one of them: Jan Thomas and her deceptively simple but…

Magazines for Kids on RBdigital

Like me, you may already use RBdigital for its great selection of magazines for adults. But did you know that all four magazines in the Highlights family are available to read online? With kids unable to access the latest issue of their…

Winter Storytimes at the Free Library

The Free Library is reading around town! Find a Free Library storyteller at the Christmas Village , the RiverRink Winterfest , and as always, Reading Terminal Market . Children, families, and classrooms are welcome at our citywide…

Welcome in the Winter Season with Free Library Storytimes at the Christmas Village!

Philadelphia is soon to be lit up with the awe-inspiring glee of the opening of the annual Christmas Village, presented by Bank of America and located in LOVE Park. The open-air German Christmas market is decorated for the holiday…

Picture Book Highlights | One Fox: A Counting Book Thriller

We’re back for another edition of Picture Book Highlights – a series where we put the spotlight on a book that has been ordered for all neighborhood libraries . This time we have a perfect book for storytime – a book…

Spend Some Quality Time This Grandparents Day with These New Picture Books!

It's September—time to celebrate National Grandparents Day ! And what better way to celebrate than to share a picture book with your very special grandpa/grandma? Below are three new picture books just added to our…

Picture Book Highlights | Owls Are Good At Keeping Secrets

We’re back for another edition of Picture Book Highlights – a series where we put the spotlight on a book that has been ordered for all neighborhood libraries . Earlier this year we did a series of blog posts on concept…

Celebrate the Free Library at This Year’s Family Fest!

Every year, the Free Library of Philadelphia hosts a Family Fest —a celebration just for children and their families in the historic Parkway Central Library . Open to the public, this very special fundraiser features activities…

Books for Rising Readers: Strengthening Early Literacy in Philadelphia with a Shared Reading Experience

Though our One Book, One Philadelphia 2018-2019 season is now over, the Free Library will keep connecting readers through a shared text all spring long! We are thrilled to be launching an ambitious pilot program called Books for Rising…

Read, Baby, Read Launching Spring Parent Circles for Spring 2019

Are you a new parent or soon-to-be parent? Do you have questions about what activities support your baby’s language and literacy development? Have you been looking for opportunities for you and your baby to bond? Read, Baby, Read…

Concept Books | Learning about Opposites

Concept books are a type of picture book that introduces basic ideas, or concepts, to young children. They are sometimes described as informational picture books for preschoolers. These books play an important part in early literacy and…

Concept Books | Learning about Shapes

Concept books are a type of picture book that introduces basic ideas, or concepts, to young children. They are sometimes described as informational picture books for preschoolers. These books play an important part in early literacy and…

Concept Books | Learning about Numbers & Counting

Concept books are a type of picture book that introduces basic ideas, or concepts, to young children. They are sometimes described as informational picture books for preschoolers. These books play an important part in early literacy and…

Concept Books | Learning about Colors

Concept books are a type of picture book that introduces basic ideas, or concepts, to young children. They are sometimes described as informational picture books for preschoolers. These books play an important part in early literacy and…

Concept Books | Learning about the Alphabet

What is a concept book?  Concept books are a type of picture book that introduces basic ideas, or concepts, to young children. They are sometimes described as informational picture books for preschoolers. These books present…