First 5: Is Your Child Ready? Reading

By From page B5 | September 25, 2013

Kathleen Guerrero


My mom is the “Book Grammy.”

As a former kindergarten teacher, she knows the value of reading to young children daily. When her first grandchild was born she decided to give books to mark milestones. Inside the front cover she always wrote a special note and the date. We read those books each night as part of our bedtime routine.

My first born, now 20, and I often quote from the book, “Guess How Much I Love You.” The little nut brown hare competes with his mom to see who loves the other more. The book ends as the sleepy baby whispers to his momma, “I love you right up to the moon – and back.”

Two decades ago, when my children and I nurtured our love of reading, libraries were a quiet place to check out books. Having a “busy” child, I was often uncomfortable visiting the library for fear of disturbing other guests. If only we had then, the libraries we have now in El Dorado County.

The El Dorado County Library system believes that parents are their child’s first teacher and offers a variety of materials to support them in that role. Each library branch has a welcoming space for families with young children. They carry a variety of books, toys and music for babies, toddlers and parents.

Librarians are trained in family support, child development and parent education, a skill set they share with the community daily through their programs.

Mother Goose on the Loose — (0-18 months) A developmentally appropriate, lap sit storytime, engaging child and adult in song, rhyming and reading fun.

2’s & 3’s On the Go! (interactive toddler storytime) An interactive storytime full of stories, songs and movement geared towards 2 and 3 year olds and their caregivers.

“Let’s Read Together” Children’s Storytime (3-5 years) A special storytime that includes a featured book, sing-a-long songs, an easy-to-do craft and family packet to take home.

Lectura en Español Spanish language programs including interactive play, reading, manipulatives and so much more for children 3-5 years of age.

According to the National Association for the Education of Young Children, reading aloud is widely recognized as the single most important activity in developing language skills. Reading, singing and talking with your child each day increases their ability to learn and read. It is also starts a bond with your child that lasts a lifetime.

In recognition of National Literacy Month, check out the local library, get a library card and enjoy reading, singing and playing with your child.

For more information and a calendar of events visit the El Dorado County Library Website at

Kathleen Guerrero

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