By Erika Qualls Barnett

Every Child Ready to Read is a parent education initiative from the Public Library Association and the Association for Library Service to Children.


In an effort to further develop early literacy skills, PLA and ALSC concluded that public libraries could have a greater impact by educating parents and caregivers. By giving parents and caregivers lessons about the importance of early literacy and hot to develop pre-reading skills at home, the efforts of public libraries is multiplied.

Five Skills

The next skill we will explore is Singing. Don’t worry if you can’t carry a tune! It took me a while to feel comfortable singing in Storytime, but incorporating singing into baby’s daily life is important for their early literacy development. And they don’t know if you are singing well! The development of phonological awareness, or the ability to hear and manipulate the smaller words in sounds, will help a child become ready to read. Using books that feature songs and rhymes will help you feel more comfortable singing, but will also help a child’s print awareness, letter knowledge, and vocabulary. Sing the same songs over and over again. Repetition is important for strengthening a baby’s memory and attention skills.

Tips for Incorporating Singing into Daily Life

  • Sing about everyday activities to the tune of a favorite nursery rhyme. For example, “This is the way we put on our shoes, put on our shoes, put on our shoes. This is the way we put on our shoes early in the morning.”
  • Gently move and bounce to the beat of songs while dancing around the house.
  • Clap along with songs to help develop motor skills.
  • Check out music CDs from EVPL or download music using our Hoopla app.

Additional Resources

Books to Encourage Singing

Erika Qualls Barnett

Erika Qualls Barnett

Erika is a cardigan-loving Hufflepuff that enjoys the Cubs, reading, and walks with her husband.

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