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.

To view our archive of virtual storytimes, visit us on Facebook!


2021 Summer Storywalk |  Alligators/Crocodiles | Apples | Art/Artists | Authors: Donald Crews | Babies| Baking/Cooking | Bats | Bees | Berries | Birds | Birthdays | Books/Libraries  | Breakfast | Bugs | Bunnies/Rabbits | Camping | Cats | Caterpillars/Butterflies | Chicks/Chickens | Colors | Community | Construction| Dance| Days of the Week | Doctors/Being Sick | Ducks | Elephants | Emotions/Feelings | Farms/Farm Animals | Fires and Firefighters | Frogs | Garbage/Recycling | Gardens | Grandparents | Gratitude | Hair | Hats | HibernationHomes | Horses | I Like Me| Into The Woods | Jungles | Kisses/Hugs | Light/Dark | Love/Hearts | Lucky and Unlucky | Magical Lands | Mail/Post Office | Messy and Clean |Monsters | Moon | New Year’s | Nursery Rhymes/Lullabies | Opposites | Outer Space | Owls | Pandas | Penguins |Pirates| Pizza | Pumpkins | Rain | Robots | School DaysShapes | Shoes and Socks | Shopping/Money | Snakes | Snow and Ice | Spiders | Sports | Stars | SuperheroesTeeth | Things That Go | Travel/Vacation | Turkeys | Underwear | Voting/Elections | Wind | Winter Wear | Yoga/Mindfulness

Storytime Songs and Tips

Visit our “Early Learning” playlist on Youtube to 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!

Virtual Programming Extension Materials

These materials go along with our virtual programming on Facebook and YouTube.  Enjoy!

Show-and-Tell Scavenger Hunt (May 2021)

Show-and-Tell Scavenger Hunt (June 2021)


Downloadable Storytelling Props/Extension Activities

Encouraging young children to retell the stories they hear and/or read together with their caregivers is a strategy that produces measurable early literacy benefits — including gains in reading comprehension, expressive vocabulary, and sequencing.

Download and print these activity kits (or make your own versions!) to help your child(ren) extend the story.

“Stone Soup” printable props

Virtual Storytimes

Visit our “Early Learning” playlist on Youtube here for many more book read-alouds!

Diwali Lights

One Eagle Soaring

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

The 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten reading program runs ALL year! 

Parents and caregivers are the first and best education providers during the 0-5 early critical years. The 1000 Books Before Kindergarten challenge is a simple and manageable endeavor — read a book, any book, to your child, with the goal of reading 1,000 before kindergarten. Through this program, you can help your little one blossom into a budding reader by promoting positive reading habits, encouraging caregiver and child bonding through reading, and helping to build early learning skills during a vital developmental stage. The library will provide resources, encouragement, and prizes along the way.

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.

You can sign up here, using Beanstack.   If your child has participated Summer Reading Program, they should be already signed up. Just select the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Program and you’re all set to receive your first prize and begin logging books.  Stop by the Youth & Teen Department if you’d rather sign up in-person and/or to ask any questions.  Enjoy the challenge and benefits 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  |  Alphabet  |  Bedtime  |  BullyingChallenging Behaviors (Manners, Discipline, Biting, Tantrums, etc.) Christian Holidays and Traditions  |  ColorsCounting/Numbers  |  Death and Grieving  |  Differing AbilitiesDoctors/Medicine/Illness and Injury  |  Emotions  |  Grandparents  |  Halloween  |  Immigrant and Refugee Experiences Jewish Holidays and Traditions  | LGBTQ+ Identity and Gender Identity/Expression  |  Low-Income Families and Homelessness  |  Native Voices  |  New BabyOpposites Picture Book Biographies  |  Potty Training  |  Princesses and Princes  |  Muslim Holidays and Traditions  |Racial Identity  |  Separation AnxietyShapes SharingSuperheroesThanksgiving Day/Gratitude  |  Things That Go |

Exploration Station

For young children, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) learning is all about playing and exploring.  

Download the handouts below for ideas on how to begin introducing your child(ren) to various STEM topics.


DIY Birdfeeders | DIY Bubbles | DIY Lava Lamp | DIY Silly Putty | Experiments With Engineering | The Moon | Patterns|

Digital 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 as well as graphic novels and titles for older students. User Guide

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.