Tagged early literacy

Picture Book Highlights | How to Be a Lion

Pressure to conform can be difficult to resist. It is hard to defy expectations, to be true to oneself, when one is facing peer pressure. It takes courage (and sometimes a friend) to find comfort in being who we are, even when everyone…

Five Things To Do With Your Little Kids This Summer in Philadelphia

Ah, summer... The sun is out, the fountains are on, school is out, energy is high, and let's face it—for parents, this can be a challenging time. Here’s a list of things that are great to do with little kids, and for…

Picture Book Highlights | Mary Had a Little...

Lamb — yes, lamb! That’s the start of the popular 19th century nursery rhyme about a girl named Mary and her faithful little lamb... It’s a rhyme, it’s a song (by Paul McCartney !), and it has also been used as…

Summer of Wonder: Explore! Discover! Read!

The weather is getting warmer, school is coming to a close soon, and the Summer of Wonder at the Free Library is almost here! Enjoy free activities and programming all summer long that support reading, learning, exploration, and fun.…

Picture Book Highlights | The Rabbit Listened

We’ve all been there... Days when something goes wrong and we feel down in the dumps or maybe it someone else is having a hard time. When someone we care for is having a bad day, how can we be there for them? That’s where…

Vanguard Donates $3 Million to Boost Literacy for Our Littlest Learners

TheFree Library is teeming with opportunities for little ones to get cozy with letters, words, and books from the earliest ages. Our storytimes for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers incorporate not only reading, but singing, dancing,…

Picture Book Highlights | Honey

We all have our favorites when it comes to picture books, and for me, one of my top ten picture books of all time is Leaves by David Ezra Stein . It is such perfect book – one very young bear experiences his first fall and winter,…

Picture Book Highlights | "I'm a Big Kid Now!" Series

Author/illustrator Maria Van Lieshout has a series of books aptly called Big Kid Power . Drawing from her own experience as a mother, the books are meant to help caregivers and children reach important milestones together: giving up…

Read, Baby, Read Helps Develop Language and Literacy at the Library

Thanks to a generous grant from the William Penn Foundation, the Free Library is embarking on a series of fun programs for babies , toddlers and their families called Read, Baby, Read , using new library spaces and materials to help…

February 2018 Early Literacy Calendar

Happy February, everyone! Let’s celebrate Black History Month with our favorite African American authors and illustrators. The recently published books linked to in this month's downloadable calendar are great to share all…

Ready4K and Vroom: Early Learning Tips for Young Children

Here at the Free Library, we often have parents ask us, "How can I help my child learn to read?" Of course, we know that sharing books with children helps to develop a love of reading, but beyond that, there are lots of things…

January 2018 Early Literacy Calendar

Happy New Year! Let’s start this new year right, by singing, talking, playing, writing—and of course reading—with our little ones! Not only did we celebrate New Year’s Day (on the first, of course), but we also…

Catching Snowflakes at Storytime in the Christmas Village

We may have gotten our first snowfall of the year, but our families love storytime at Christmas Village in LOVE Park despite the cold weather. Every Wednesday morning until December 20, join us at 11:00 a.m. for stories and songs led by…

Announcing the Free Library’s All Ages Online Winter Reading Challenge!

Beginning December 15, 2017, the Free Library will host an all ages online Winter Reading Challenge. The program encourages participants to continue reading all winter long, and also provides ideas for other fun activities. How do I…

Celebrate the Holiday Season with Free Library Family Programs!

The Free Library will celebrate the holiday season this December with a variety of events throughout the city!   On December 3, 10, and 17, Sundays on Stage will take over the auditorium at Parkway Central Library to bring you…

December 2017 Early Literacy Calendar

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, whether you celebrate Hanukkah (December 12 – 20), the Winter Solstice (December 21), Christmas (December 25), Kwanzaa (December 26 – January 1), or simply a peaceful turning…

November 2017 Early Literacy Calendar

This month, we are celebrating Native American Heritage Month , and the unique contributions to children’s books made by Native/First Nations authors and illustrators. When you were little, do you remember the happiness you felt…

Picture Book Highlights | Found Dogs

And we're back, for a new Picture Book Hightlighs , a series of posts where we put the spotlight on a new picture book that has been ordered for all agencies. Years ago, we wrote a blog post listing great picture books for those…

October 2017 Early Literacy Calendar

October is here and we are fall ing into lots of fun and free Fall activities and events here at the Free Library! Traditional and unique holidays throughout October include World Smile Day the first Friday of the month, World…

Hit the Books with the Free Library!

Now that the summer is drawing to a close, children, teens, and even adults are prepping for the start of the coming school year. We at the Free Library of Philadelphia are prepping, too! That is, we’re organizing events and…