The Library's Early Literacy Program

For Babies

First Marks

Play with Letters Find print everywhere. Play with words and letters.


First Marks

Have you ever noticed your baby play with her food by pushing it around her high chair tray with her fingers? She is making her first attempts at writing! While her marks don't have meaning yet, she is discovering that she can make them, which is the first step. Have fun with this stage by placing her in her high chair and putting a small amount of baby food, pudding or even non-toxic paint on the tray. No need to worry about paper yet; just let your little one explore and move it around. Then it will be a perfect time for a bath!


The Garden Snail

Slowly, slowly, very slowly,

Goes the garden snail. (Create a snail with your thumb and fist and slowly walk it up your baby's arm.)

Slowly, slowly, very slowly,

Up the garden rail. (Walk the snail up your baby's other arm.)

Quickly, quickly very quickly,

Goes the little mouse! (Run fingers quickly up your baby's arm)

Quickly, quickly very quickly,

To his little house! (Run fingers quickly up your baby's other arm and tickle under the chin.)


Click the book jackets to find these books and more at the Library.

  • ABC, Baby Me!
  • ABC: Alphaprints
  • Chicka Chicka, ABC


The next storytimes for Babies are:

Friday, February 27

  • 10:00 a.m., Midtown Carnegie Branch
  • 10:00 a.m., Republic Branch
  • 10:00 a.m., Library Station

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