Learning begins at birth, and part of Lafayette Public Library’s new early literacy initiative, Read to Me Book Club, supports learning for children from birth to age 5. The library has partnered with talkingisteaching.org’s early literacy campaign to share ways families can incorporate the five practices of early literacy ̶ reading, talking, singing, writing, and playing ̶ into their daily lives. The challenge is simple. You read 100 books to your child during the year. Log your child’s reading as well as any challenge activities they complete throughout their literacy journey. Logging can be done with a paper reading log or through Beanstack (in-app or browser). If your child has a favorite book, then the same book can be counted every time you read it! The whole idea behind the club is to celebrate reading as a fun and enriching activity. It can be taken on as a challenge at early learning centers, homeschool groups, and neighborhoods.
Once your child reads 100 books with your help, share the great news with your librarian. To complete the Read to Me Book Club, your child must read 100 books and complete the explore badge. Your child may earn other virtual badges (read, sing, talk, write, and play) in Beanstack by completing various challenge activities, such as turning the pages in the book as you read together, singing nursery rhymes together, or by acting out the words of a book or song. At the end of the year, the library will host an annual reading celebration to recognize all participants.
Grounded in science, these fun tips and resources will help prepare your child for success in school and beyond. Read to Me Book Club is the companion to our 100 Book Club (ages 6 & up). Other components of the Lafayette Public Library’s Early Learning Initiative include: Adventure Kits, Digital Storytimes, Early Literacy Bags, Early Literacy Calendars, Read to Me Book Club, and Storytime Jr. YouTube Playlist.