Leading to Reading Program

Leading to Reading ~ Start Early, Finish Strong!

Leading to ReadingParents using a Public Library or bookstore may often be overwhelmed by the number of books now available for children. Because reading aloud to children is so important in their language acquisition, we want to help! Leading to Reading is an early literacy program designed to encourage literacy in children ages newborn to five years. The Leading to Reading program presents parents with developmental milestones and age appropriate book suggestions for children age birth to 5.

Each Leading to Reading postcard set includes 61 postcards, color coded by year, reflecting a wide variety of authors and genres. Families living in Alliance, Nebraska, may register to receive cards mailed monthly, free of charge, to match their child’s age. The focus book on each card will be available for check out at the Alliance Public Library.

Children newborn to one year may sign up to receive free postcards via mail at Alliance Public Library. Postcard sets may also be purchased for $10 for children over one year or to give as gifts.

Benefits of Reading to Your Baby:

  • Builds a strong bond with your baby
  • Develops listening skills
  • Develops social and emotional understanding
  • Opens your child’s mind with visual and tactile stimulation
  • Encourages language development
  • Creates a connection between printed words and meanings
  • Instills the love of books and reading
  • Boosts brain power!

Children that are read to have a larger vocabulary and advanced mathematical skills when compared to other children their age. Babies whose parents speak and read to them regularly score higher on standard tests.

Questions? Please contact Elaine Bleisch, Alliance Public Library Youth Services Librarian, at 308-762-1387 or Shawna Rischling, Alliance Public Schools Early Childhood Program, at 308-762-4425.

The Leading to Reading program is a copyright of Seward Memorial Library in Seward, Nebraska and is sponsored locally by:

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