Early Literacy

It’s never too early or too late to start sharing rhymes, songs, and books with your child. Talk with a youth librarian on your next visit for more information – and make sure to sign up for our Early Literacy emails.


Couldn’t make it into the library for storytime?  Click below to download our Early Literacy handouts.

These handouts feature ASL signs, songs, rhymes, and lists of themed books from our catalog . . . as well as crafts, activities and discussions to have with your little one.

Check back for more activities and videos, and stop by one of our storytimes throughout the week or weekend!


Birds  |  Bugs  |  Dinosaurs  |  Farms and Farm Animals  |  FathersHomesIce Cream  |  Mothers  |  OceansStars/FireworksUnicorns

Storytime Songs and Tips

Check out our videos featuring tips as well as rhymes and songs so that you can participate in Storytime activities at home as well as understand their benefit! Videos will be updated regularly on Fridays starting in June.

Tiny Little Babies Love Bouncing

A Rough Road Rhyme

Baby Put Your Pants On

The Moon is Round – A Bath or Diaper Changing Rhyme

Hurry Scurry Little Mouse

Wise Owls

owl in treeThe Wise Owl reading program runs ALL year! 

Attention, preschoolers, toddlers, babies, and parents! Become a Wise Owl today and try to read 1,000 books before kindergarten, logging them 100 at a time, earning prizes and owl decorations for the library as you go.

Does 1,000 books sound daunting? It’s not! If you read one book per day for three years, OR ten books per week for two years, OR three books per day for one year, you’ll have read OVER 1,000 books! Every book counts – whether it’s the first time you’re reading it, the hundredth, or the thousandth! If you come to a library storytime, you’ll definitely get to mark off a few books, too.

Stop by the Youth & Teen Department today to sign up to be a Wise Owl and complete the challenge of reading 1,000 books before kindergarten.

Book Recommendations

Sharing stories with your child can help you start and/or continue conversations about how we relate to the world around us.  In books, children can find mirrors that reflect their own identities and experiences as well as windows into the lives of those who are different from them.

For more personalized recommendations, please don’t hesitate to speak to a librarian next time you visit the library.


Adoption  |  Bedtime  |  BullyingChristian Holidays and Traditions  |  ColorsDeath and Grieving  |  Differing AbilitiesEmotions Gender Identity/Expression  |  Immigrant and Refugee Experiences Jewish Holidays and Traditions  |  Low-Income Families and Homelessness  |  New BabyNumbers/CountingMuslim Holidays and Traditions  |Racial Identity  |  Separation AnxietyShapes SharingSuperheroes

Digital Library

Keep children in preschool through second grade busy and learning with this collection of interactive books. Access outside the library

hoopla digital Kids Mode
Visit hoopla digital’s collection with this setting showing materials geared for children up to 12 years of age. Learn how to activate Kids Mode with our user guide.

International Children’s Digital Library
A collection of digitized books from a wide variety of countries in 59 different languages.

MyMediaMall Kids 
Visit our eReading Rooms for kids. Choose titles by reading level, age group, or interest.

TumbleBooksSD74 Teachers, please use this link.
TumbleBooks Library is an online collection of animated, talking picture books.

Cleaning Schedule

In accordance with standard best practices used by daycares and preschools, the Lincolnwood Public Library uses a cleaning schedule for its storytime and floor toys, viewable here. Caregivers should be aware that because of the library’s nature as a high-traffic public space, not all bacteria and viruses can be reliably eliminated. For more information on keeping you and your family healthy, and for tips on how to teach your child(ren) healthy habits, visit the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Healthy Children website at healthychildren.org.