AAP Early Literacy Toolkit — Professional Resources [web resource] [downloadable]
The Books Build Connections Toolkit provides useful resources to form positive attitudes about and develop good practices for sharing books and receptive and expressive language development by introducing a variety of strategies and tools to support early development, strong parent–child relationships, and future school success.
The toolkit has publications with information and tips for pediatric professionals and families. Encourage families to talk, read, and sing with their children! Toolkit items are available to print, download, or share via social media.
- Explore the evidence base that supports promoting early literacy.
- View early literacy resources for professionals, which include guidance and handouts for talking with families who have low literacy levels.
- Read the 17 tips to help pediatric professionals begin conversations that will encourage parents to spend time reading with their children.
What Every Pediatric Professional Can Do To Promote Early Literacy and Early Learning
Having a conversation about reading can flow naturally in your visits with families. Review these 17 tips to help you begin conversations that will encourage parents to spend time reading with their children.
Evidence Supporting Early Literacy and Early Learning
Shared reading promotes early brain development, emotional bonding, and the parent–child relationship. Learn about the evidence that supports the promotion of early literacy and early learning.
Finding the Right Book for Every Child
Here are examples of a range of children’s books sorted by age or developmental level and topic, including medical conditions affecting children.
Selecting Books for Your Program
Selecting books that are developmentally, culturally, and thematically appropriate, as well as affordable, can be a challenge. Here are some things to consider when selecting books for your program.
This toolkit was made possible through the support of the Too Small to Fail initiative—a joint initiative of Next Generation and theBill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation—and the parent initiative of Talking is Teaching: Talk, Read, Sing, with additional contributions from Reach Out and Read.
Source: American Academy of Pediatrics |Books Build Connections Toolkit, https://www.aap.org/en-us/literacy/Pages/default.aspx | ©Copyright 2018 American Academy of Pediatrics
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