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The Library's Early Literacy Program

The Library's Early Literacy Program

For Babies

A Play with Letters Activity 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!


Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star

Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are!
Up above the world so high,
Like a diamond in the sky.
Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are.


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

Find these books at

  • You're So Bright
  • You're So Bright by Rose Rossner
  • Mrs. Peanuckle's Kitchen Alphabet
  • Mrs. Peanuckle's Kitchen Alphabet by Jessie Ford
  • O is for Ocean
  • O is for Ocean by Greg Paprocki


Our interactive storytimes introduce young children to books, reading and language with stories, songs and activities. Parents learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills their children need to learn to read.

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