Early Literacy Resources

Establishing early literacy skills is the foundation for a lifetime of success. Below are several free literacy resources to inspire a love of reading in your child’s life.

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library:

A book gifting program that mails a brand new age appropriate book to enrolled children every month from birth until their 5th birthday.

Explore our Healthy Families resource page:

Learn about topics ranging from sleep habits and nutrition to reducing stress and language development.

BookSmart by Worldreader:

Booksmart is a free online library of books that features over 1,000 titles in multiple languages, with family activities to extend the learning.

Cuyahoga County Public Libraries:

Explore a range of free literacy events and resources for all ages at your nearby library.

Cuyahoga County Public Library Toy Rentals

At each of its branches, Cuyahoga County Public Library offers toys for children ages birth to 8 years old that are safe, sturdy and clean. You can borrow toys for up to two weeks. Toys can be renewed just like other library materials.

Cuyahoga County Public Library Kindergarten Club:

For KIDS and their families who are beginning KINDERGARTEN in August 2023. The program is especially created for children who are not enrolled in classroom based preschool, daycare, or Head Start programs to provide group learning experiences.

Bedtime Math:

Bedtime Math sends parents a fun, new math problem every dayTargeted for kids ages 3-9, it begins with a short, fun set-up story, followed by three math problems at three levels of challenge.

Tips for promoting your child’s literacy development!

Below are recommendations to enhance and foster quality reading moments with you and your child.

Hug your child every day – it will build a stronger brain! And snuggle when you read to your child (at least 15 minutes) every day! Make it cozy, fun and joyful. While you read to them and when you read the same book repeatedly, you are building their brain and they are automatically learning all kinds of things that will help them when they are ready to learn to read. Talk about the pictures, characters, and events. Have a conversation.