Guest Blogger

Resources in Children and Libraries for Supporting Early Literacy Through Play

Play is a crucial aspect of cognitive development in young children. It is recognized by the Every Child Ready to Read program as one of the five key early literacy practices that can help promote reading readiness. Playing, exploring, and experimenting with open-ended materials as well as building concepts through direct experiences with people and objects are essential for healthy growth and development. Further, when parents and caregivers sit down to play and talk with their children they draw out babble and burgeoning language from babies and toddlers. As a result, children who engage in language-rich play in their early years are likely to start school with upwards of 10,000 more words in their oral language vocabulary than peers living in less stimulating environments.