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Explore picture books, find programs, get helpful tips and discover easy at-home activities to help your child get ready for reading.

Ready for Reading is a complete set of free programs, services, books, spaces and resources for children birth to age five designed to help get your child ready for reading.

Tips for parents

As parents, you are your child's first - and best - teachers and you play an important role in helping them get ready to read.

Activities that build language skills

Watch these short videos to learn about five types of activities that can build language skills and help your child become a reader.

Singing (1:38) Talking (1:16) Reading (1:20) Writing (1:16) Playing (1:29)

Storytime at home

Hello song (2:28)

Your child loves to play, sing, and talk with you.

Enjoy storytime at home with your child:

Ready for Reading guide

Let's Get Ready for Reading

A fun guide full of easy, everyday family activities to help kids become readers.

Things to do at the library

Find great books to read

A composite image of the First & Best book covers

Check out our librarians' top picks from the First and Best list.

Find the latest books for kids of all ages:

Join us for storytime

Storytime at Cedarbrae branch

Storytimes are library staff-led programs that feature songs, stories, rhymes, and activities for you and your child.

Find upcoming programs for kids and families.

Visit a KidsStop early literacy centre

KidsStop at S. Walter Stewart branch

KidsStops are fun, hands-on learning, discovery, and play spaces in libraries for children birth to age five.

West Central East

Get help from library staff

Finding a good book at Albert Campbell District branch

For book recommendations, ideas, and support: