Literacy Begins at Birth


We start talking to babies immediately. We do not wait until they understand us to begin talking to them. Reading is much the same. As we read to babies and young children, we foster language development and a love for reading at an early age.

As we continue to read aloud to to young children, they begin to gather all types of information about language. Reading is a storehouse for vocabulary, context, grammar, syntax, and the different meanings of language. Children assimilate information to use as they mature. Reading books to a young child is a simple yet effective way to give them an early advantage in language development. But why is that important? Because early language development and reading skills are related.

Language skills are the foundation for reading. Extensive research shows that there is a correlation between early speech/language problems and reading difficulties. The earlier these problems are diagnosed and addressed, the greater the probability of success in school. Math, science, and social studies rely on reading for information gathering and processing. In the early years, children learn to read, but as they enter the second and third grades, they read to learn. Reading opens the door to information in all subject areas.

An evaluation of children as young as 12 – 16 months can reveal possible language problems. Speech therapy for these children has been shown to reap great rewards for future development and reading success.

If you are concerned about your child’s language development or reading, you should contact a professional in the area of reading and language. ACCESS specializes in assisting young children who need additional help to gain vital skills for success. Contact Beth Rice at 501.217.8600 to schedule an evaluation today.

ACCESS integrates children’s literature into its core curriculum to promote learning and language development. Books not only allow children to exercise their imaginations, but also explore other subject matter including, science, social studies, vocabulary, and social skills. Check out some of the books we use below:

Reading for Infants and Toddlers

  • Goodnight Moon, M. Brown
  • Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear, N. Carlstrom
  • Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You?, Dr. Seuss
  • Homie DePola’s Mother Goose, T. DePola
  • Itsy Bitsy Spider, I. Trapani
  • Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See?, E. Carle

Reading for Preschoolers

  • From Head to Toe, E. Carle
  • I Went Walking, S. Williams
  • Silly Sally, A. Wood
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar, E. Carle
  • The Carrot Seed, R. Krauss
  • Mrs. Wishy-Washy, J. Cowley
  • The Napping House, A. Wood
  • Roses Walk, P. Hutchins
  • Hattie and the Fox, M. Fox

Reading for Kindergarteners – 1st Graders

  • The Mitten, J. Brett
  • A House for Hermit Crab, E. Carl
  • Goldilocks and the Three BearsJ. Marshall
  • The Three Billy Goats Gruff, P. Galdone
  • The Kissing Hand, A. Penn
  • Stranger in the Woods, C. Sams II and J. Stoick

Reading for Older Elementary Children

  • The Courage of Sarah Noble, A. Dalgliesh
  • Little House in the Big Woods, L. I. Wilder
  • Charlotte’s Web, E. B. White
  • Super fudge, J. Blume
  • Stone Fox, J. Gardiner
  • The Sign of the Beaver, E. Speare
  • Magic Tree House Series, Mary Pope Osborne, Will Osborne, and Natalie Pope Boyce
  • Ramona Series, B. Cleary

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