Read, Baby, Read
Read, Baby, Read is a grant-funded Free Library initiative focused on encouraging early literacy development among infants and young toddlers (0-24 months old).
We work with participating libraries to reach caregivers of all ages, providing them with resources that support early literacy skills, language development, and purposeful play. Through this early action, Read, Baby, Read strives to reduce the achievement gap and increase availability of early education to families in Philadelphia, especially in low-income communities.
Read, Baby, Read is made possible by a generous grant from the William Penn Foundation.
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Check out our Instagram @read.baby.read for resources and literacy tips!
Read, Baby, Read Blog: Our blog posts include themed activity ideas organized around the five early literacy practices of Read, Sing, Play, Talk, and Write.
Meet the Read, Baby, Read team
Sarah Jacknis, Lead Early Childhood Specialist
Grace Foster, Lead Early Childhood Specialist
Read, Baby, Read has created dedicated permanent "baby spaces" designed specifically for infants and young toddlers. These spaces are open for free play during normal library hours and provide children 0-24 months old with their own special play area filled with baby-friendly play furniture and plenty of developmentally appropriate toys.
You can find Read, Baby, Read baby spaces at the following neighborhood libraries:
Read, Baby, Read has worked to expand the Free Library's board book collection, with a focus on board books that represent our communities. Find the latest board books in the Free Library catalog.
Read, Baby, Read also offers special collections available at our Blackwell and Richmond libraries. These include themed backpacks (portable play kits filled with board books and developmentally appropriate toys) and family items (larger items such as baby carriers and white noise machines, which can be borrowed for three months at a time). Browse Read, Baby, Read kits.
If you're interested in learning more about babies and early literacy, we recommend these resources:
Much of Read, Baby, Read's content is based on the five practices of Read, Sing, Play, Talk, and Write, developed by the Every Child Ready To Read initiative. For practical literacy tips based on the five practices, check out www.earlylit.net.
This organization focuses on Read, Baby, Read's target age group and provides resources and information about early childhood development.
Read, Baby, Read's Baby Dance Parties are based on the Brain Dance curriculum, where participants can explore stimulating new movement ideas that create new neural pathways, using different props, music, dance concepts, folk dances, and relationships.