Grow a Reader

Grow A Reader

Parents and caregivers are their children's first teachers. These resources from FVRL can help you have fun with your young children—while helping them get ready to read.

At the library

Everyone loves stories, rhymes, and songs. Although we aren't currently doing in-person storytimes, you can join us for virtual storytimes!

At home

Learning to read begins at birth.

Here are five simple ways we can help children get ready to read.


Read every day. Children who are read to are more likely to enjoy reading themselves.


By writing, scribbling and drawing, children learn that written words stand for spoken language.


Talk to your children. Children learn about language by listening and joining in conversations.


Sing, chant and rhyme, to help your child develop listening skills and learn word sounds.


Play together, to help your child explore their world and begin to think symbolically.

More for your child

Reading kits for kids
Check out Grow a Reader: Learn at Home kits with books and more for children ages two to five and their families. (Here's a list of the Grow A Reader kit themes (PDF).)

View animated picture books for children and families.

Find more!
Use your library card for 24/7 access to library resources for little kids.