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First Readers @ Tulsa City-County Library


Every Child Ready to Read® is a parent education initiative developed by the American Library Association and the Public Library Association. It provides skills and strategies parents and caregivers can use to help children get ready to read. Every child can become a successful reader and develop a lifelong love of learning. This section offers tips, guidance, and recommendations for parents and caregivers about developing early literacy skills in pre-readers.

| First Readers Packets | The Importance of Early Literacy |
| Five Early Literacy Practices | Early Literacy @ Your Library |

First Readers Packets

The Tulsa City-County Library provides parents & caregivers of children birth to age five with special First Readers packets. These packets are designed to give parents & caregivers vital information about the importance of reading to young children. First Readers packets can be picked up at any Tulsa City-County Library location. Please contact us if you have any questions or need additional information.

First Readers Packet Contents

  • A pocket folder with information about early literacy activities & resources
  • An Every Child Ready to Read brochure and bookmark
  • A Finger, Hand & Action Rhymes booklet
  • An Infant & Toddler Songs booklet
  • A First Readers Growth Chart
  • A copy of At My Library, a board book about the Tulsa City-County Library
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The Importance of Early Literacy

Five Early Literacy Practices

Research has identified five simple activities that can help your child get ready to read. These activities are easy to do with children of any age. You and your child can enjoy them thoughout the day – at home, in the car, or anywhere you spend time together. What YOU do helps your child get ready to read!

Storytime at the Tulsa City-County Library is the perfect opportunity to engage in all five of these activities with your child. At storytime we read books, sing songs, talk, learn about letters, and play!To find out what storytime programs are taking at your library location check the Tulsa City-County Library Event Guide which is available at all locations or online at

Early Literacy @ Your Library

Library Services for First Readers

  • Visit the library to select books. Libraries have a variety of books for children of all ages.
  • Get a library card for your child.
  • Ask your librarian for more tips about sharing books with your baby, toddler or preschooler.
  • Libraries have storytimes for newborns to 5-year-olds. Books, puppets, songs and finger plays are shared.
  • Use an AWE Early Literacy Station to reinforce early learning skills.

Choosing Books

The best books for very young readers can vary by age and interest. It is important to remember that playing with and chewing on books is totally normal for young children. It is all a part of the way they familiarize themselves with books. Here are some recommended book types for young readers based on age.

Birth to 4 Months

4 to 6 Months

7 to 9 Months

9 to 13 Months

12 to 18 Months

19 to 36 Months

How to Share Books

Reading aloud helps your baby learn new words, creates a positive bond to you and leads to lifelong learning! The Tulsa City-County Library is here to help you “raise a reader” by giving you what you need to become your baby’s first and most important teacher.

When to Share Books

How to Share Books

Check out the Great Reads- Birth through Preschool book list on the children’s website.

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