The Library's Early Literacy Program

For Toddlers

The Most Important Word

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


The Most Important Word

You toddler probably has a favorite word -- and it isn't 'no!' The most important word to her is her name. She enjoys hearing it and soon she will enjoy looking at it. Her name symbolizes who she is and will likely be the first word she recognizes. Create an All About Me book for her that has her picture and name on the front. Inside, list her favorite things along with her name on each page. It is a fun way to bond and show her how special her name is!


The Itsy Bitsy (Eensy Weensy) Spider

The itsy bitsy spider went up the water spout, [twist hand as you move it up to symbolize a spider]

Down came the rain and washed the spider out! [move hands down and spread apart]

Out came the sun and dried up all the rain, [spread hands above head]

And the itsy bitsy spider went up the spout again. [twist hand as you move it up to symbolize a spider]


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

  • Maple
  • My Name is Elizabeth!
  • Use Your Words, Sophie!


The next storytimes for Toddlers are:

Friday, May 29

  • 10:00 a.m., Library Station
  • 10:00 a.m., Midtown Carnegie Branch
  • 11:15 a.m., Library Station

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