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AAP Early Literacy Toolkit — Professional Resources [web resource] [downloadable]

The Books Build Connections Toolkit provides useful resources to form positive attitudes about and develop good practices for sharing books and receptive and expressive language development by introducing a variety of strategies and tools to support early development, strong parent–child relationships, and future school success.

The toolkit has publications with information and tips for pediatric professionals and families. Encourage families to talk, read, and sing with their children! Toolkit items are available to print, download, or share via social media.

Professional Resources

  • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Explore the evidence base that supports promoting early literacy.
  • View early literacy resources for professionals, which include guidance and handouts for talking with families who have low literacy levels.
  • Read the 17 tips to help pediatric professionals begin conversations that will encourage parents to spend time reading with their children.

professionals_whateverypediatricprofessionalcando204What Every Pediatric Professional Can Do To Promote Early Literacy and Early Learning

Having a conversation about reading can flow naturally in your visits with families. Review these 17 tips to help you begin conversations that will encourage parents to spend time reading with their children.

PDF (180 KB) | ePub (437 KB) | MOBI (663 KB)


professional_evidence_supporting_early_literacy207Evidence Supporting Early Literacy and Early Learning

Shared reading promotes early brain development, emotional bonding, and the parent–child relationship. Learn about the evidence that supports the promotion of early literacy and early learning.

PDF (179 KB) | ePub (398 KB) | MOBI (522 KB)


professionals_findingtherightbookforeverychild206Finding the Right Book for Every Child

Here are examples of a range of children’s books sorted by age or developmental level and topic, including medical conditions affecting children.

PDF (179 KB) | ePub (398 KB) | MOBI (522 KB)



professionals_selectingbooksforyourprogram205Selecting Books for Your Program

Selecting books that are developmentally, culturally, and thematically appropriate, as well as affordable, can be a challenge. Here are some things to consider when selecting books for your program.

PDF (169 KB) | ePub (423 KB) | MOBI (512 KB)


This  toolkit was made possible through the support of the ​Too Small to Fail initiative—a joint initiative of Next Generation and theBill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation—and the parent initiative of Talking is Teaching: Talk, Read, Sing, with additional contributions from Reach Out and Read.​
Source:  American Academy of Pediatrics |Books Build Connections Toolkit, https://www.aap.org/en-us/literacy/Pages/default.aspx | ©Copyright 2018 American Academy of Pediatrics

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