literacy is founded on the premise that parents are a child’s
first and best teacher, and a child’s home its first school.
But what if a parent doesn’t know how to read, or knows how to
read, but doesn’t have the skills necessary to help his or her
child get ready to read, or can read and write, but not in
Family literacy programs include
adult education, child education,
interactive parent/child activities and education. Although all
of the resources on this website support literacy by the very
nature of singing, the songs, activities, and information in
this section specifically support family literacy programs. Like
everything else on this website, it’s all free, so please use
Although not everyone can read, everyone can
sing. So there is no “teaching,” just doing! In fact, the
American Library Association has identified singing as one of
the five practices, or activities parents can do with their
children to build early literacy skills.
Simply telling parents that when they sing with their children
they're helping to get them ready to read empowers them to use
the abilities they already have.
Singing is interactive language, so parents and
children can do it together.
Singing is portable literacy, not limited to sitting
with a book, but done throughout the day.
Singing together builds relationships, reinforcing the
parent child literacy connection.
Singing is fun, engaging, and celebrates different
family cultures and traditions.
provides mp3s to every song listed, which is great if
you have a way to listen or download them. But
technology is changing every day, and it's left many
people with new, limited, or even no way to download
or even listen to the music.
ways to make sure the families you serve have access
not only to the printed material, but also to the
Published Books To
A book list of specific picture books
that contain only the traditional lyrics with a link to
the song library. Most of the books will be available from
the public library.
Printable Books To Sing
This page has rebus books, little wordless
books with pictures you can make, and printable picture
Here you'll find links to helpful related websites,
resources for finding books listed here, and tips for
parents and teachers.