Early Literacy

Nature. Nurture. Knowledge.

It’s never too early to think about literacy, as babies greet the world ready and willing to learn. Healthy brain development is more than just genetics — language and literacy help to build and maintain neural pathways. Through meaningful interactions, you can create powerful experiences that are essential for your baby’s happy and healthy development.

EPL helps you set a strong foundation for your child’s lifelong learning. Access early literacy tools and resources to stimulate your baby’s brain and share fun activities that are easy to add into your daily routine.  By investing time with your baby with books, cuddles and songs, you can help build your baby’s neural pathways. There’s no better time than now to start a love for learning.  Most importantly, you can help build their love for their first and best teacher — you.

The Daily 5

Shared reading is the single most effective way to help children blossom into proficient readers. Check out some books selected by EPL staff.

Speaking with children teaches oral language – one of the most critical early literacy skills. Self-expression stimulates brain development, which is, literally, the brain behind all learning operations. Browse through these books                                                   and keep talking!

Young children learn about their world through play and life experience. Learning about their world helps them understand books and stories once they progress to reading.

Singing and rhyming increases your child’s awareness of and sensitivity to sounds in words. This helps children learn to decode printed language. Sing along with your child with these EPL recommended books!

Pen (or crayon!), meet paper. Writing helps children learn that letters and words represent sounds and that print has meaning. Check out these EPL picks to practise with your child!

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Like any skill, practice makes perfect. Babies first explore books by chewing, shaking and tearing them. Be sure to have some board books available for exploration.


  • Read at least once a day. Pick a time they’re in the mood for a cuddle and book.
  • Read for any duration. Short, positive interactions are more important than long ones.
  • Read loved books over and over and over. Repetition deepens understanding.
  • Read in silly, exaggerated voices when speaking as different characters or narrating.
  • Read books with interaction like kisses and cuddles.
  • Just keep reading.