Let's Get Ready for Reading: a fun and easy guide to help kids become readers

March 26, 2013 | Lisa

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Lets_get_ready_cover_180x205Today, Toronto Public Library launched Let's Get Ready for Reading, a fun and handy research-based guide for parents, caregivers and educators of children from birth to five. The guide was developed by our expert children’s librarians and is full of book recommendations, rhymes, songs, finger plays, activities and reading readiness tips, all based on the Ready for Reading skills and practices.

Let's Get Ready for Reading is available to browse and borrow at Toronto Public Library branches throughout the city. Place a hold on a copy now. You can also purchase a copy at any branch for $3.

Let's Get Ready for Reading has been made possible through funding from the Toronto Public Library Foundation, thanks to a generous donation by an anonymous donor. The Foundation is also grateful for the support provided by the J.P. Bickell Foundation and Rotary Club of Toronto.

Thanks to this generous funding, we plan to distribute 100,000 copies of the guide to kindergartners, Ontario Early Years Centres, Parenting and Family Literacy Centres and licensed daycares, through library community outreach programs, and to every branch of every public library system in Ontario over the coming year. In partnership with Toronto Public Health, copies of the guide will also be given to newborns and toddlers in Toronto this year through programs for new parents. In an upcoming campaign, a free copy of the guide will be given to each child five years old and younger who registers for, or renews, a library card—while quantities last.

Watch for more posts in the coming weeks on using this new guide, and when you pick up a copy, be sure to let us know what you think!