What Are Pre-literacy Skills and Why Are They Important?

Preliteracy skills are the tools that will help young children to grow into readers.  The development of these skills begins at birth.  Supporting a child’s growth in these areas will set them up to succeed with the literacy skills they will learn later in school. 

Children with large vocabularies have a much easier time decoding words as they begin to read.  Reading picture books aloud will introduce children to new words and provide opportunities for prediction and conversation.  Here are some staff favorites for very young children:   

Truck by Donald Crews. 

Pajama Time by Sandra Boyton  

Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox