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Brochures and posters
Promoting Growing Wisconsin Readers
Early Literacy research and inspiration
Working with caregivers (parents, grandparents, providers)
Connecting with childcare providers
Literacy Connections in Your Community
1000 Books Before Kindergarten
Early literacy activity areas
2014 Early Literacy Symposium

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Brochures and posters

  • Wisconsin public libraries will have an opportunity to order additional Growing Wisconsin Readers materials in English, Spanish, and Hmong in late 2013/early 2014. Contact your system's youth services liaison for more information.
  • The brochure is available to download as a PDF file in English, Spanish, and Hmong. The brochure is a non-standard size; a copy shop should be able make copies for you at your own expense.
  • The poster is also available to download as a high-resolution PDF file in English, Spanish, and Hmong for printing. The poster is 11" x 17"; you may be able to print copies at your library or take it to a copy shop to make copies at your own expense.
  • Customize your Growing Wisconsin Readers brochures or posters with address labels (size 1" x 2-5/8" fits best on brochure) using this Microsoft Word tutorial.

Promoting Growing Wisconsin Readers

Early Literacy Research and Inspiration

Working with Caregivers (Parents, Grandparents, Providers)

Connecting with Childcare providers

Literacy Connections in Your Community

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

There is no one way or "right" way to run a 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program. Most are homegrown and incorporate ideas from existing programs. Typically, libraries enroll adult caregivers of young children in the program and offer a welcome letter and reading logs. Caregivers incrementally record the number of books read to their young child. Recognition of milestones in the form of library progress posters or other program motivators are often included in programs. For example, a child might get to add a leaf to a paper tree for each 100 books read. There is usually significant recognition when the family reaches the 1000 book goal, ideally by the start of kindergarten.

  • 1000 Books Before Kindergarten summary from the Colorado State Library
  • Let 1000 Books Bloom webinar by Marge Loch-Wouters via the South Central Library System
  • Additional 1000 Books resources from Marge Loch-Wouters' blog "Tiny Tips for Library Fun"
  • Check out what is happening in your neck of the woods using this Google map to identify Wisconsin public libraries with 1000 Books Before Kindergarten programs
  • Growing Wisconsin Readers 1000 Books Before Kindergarten template

Early Literacy Activity Areas

Early literacy activity areas are spaces in public libraries that are designed to encourage early literacy skill-building through reading, writing, singing, talking, signing, and playing. Early literacy activity areas usually target children birth through age six and their caregivers by offering interactive experiences.

2014 Early Literacy Symposium

Twitter Archive

Symposium Speakers

Early Literacy Display Gallery