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Public Libraries: The Importance Of Every Child Ready To Read

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In the last decade, public libraries have increasingly been recognized as important partners in reading readiness and kindergarten preparedness in their communities. While most children's librarians are not specifically educated in teaching children reading skills, we are well-versed in making reading fun! To address calls for help with early literacy, the American Library Association created a parent-engagement program called Every Child Ready to Read (ECRR) and identified six skills for early literacy preparedness. In the years since these ECRR skills were introduced, more and more children's librarians have chosen to include talking points about them in their storytime programs. The six ECRR skills: Phonological Awareness, Vocabulary,

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