Early Childhood Literacy | St. Louis Public Radio

Early Childhood Literacy

Laura Polak and her niece Ruby take part in Lap Time at St. Louis County Library's Grant's View branch.
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Whether mom reads “Goodnight Moon” before bedtime every night for a month, or grandpa helps the kids check out seven new books each week, St. Louis County Library wants to make sure babies and toddlers are getting exposed to lots of different words.

To encourage parents to start reading to children early and often, the library launched a program Monday called 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten.

Fifteen-thousand newborns will get free books and a tote bag of swag as part of the St. Louis County Library's expanded "Born to Read" program.

A St. Louis County Library program that gives books to newborns to boost early childhood literacy is doubling in size this year.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Aug. 15, 2011 - Natasha Lipovac, lawyer and volunteer, wants people to understand that it's easy to take the benefits of reading and writing for granted.

"It's hard for people who can read and write well to understand the deep personal pain that comes for people who cannot," Lipovac said. "It's hard to relate for someone who knows how to read and write."