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Congratulations on your newest family member(s)! We are so excited to meet you and your little one, and assist you on your early childhood literacy journey. Feel free to utilize any of the resources we have listed here on our website or visit us at the library for personalized guidance and assistance.

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Websites for New Parents
  • American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists 
    Important information on postpartum depression. 
  • Baby Sign Language
    Tips for getting started and an extensive illustrated dictionary of signs.
  • The Bump
    Teach your baby to communicate before they are able to speak with baby sign language. 
  • Healthy Children
    American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and its member pediatricians dedicate their efforts and resources to the health, safety and well-being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults. 
  • La Leche League International
    Breastfeeding resources and advocacy
  • Parent to Parent USA
    Empowering and supporting parents of children with special needs
  • Pathways
    Free resources to maximize children’s motor, sensory, and communication development
  • Zero to Three
    Supporting infants and toddlers in having a strong start in life and reaching their full potential

Early Literacy Tips, Resources, and ProgramsWhen sharing books with babies and toddlers: 
  • Make it fun! Reading together strengthens the parent-child bond, and children who are read to are more likely to seek out books as they grow. 
  • A few minutes at a time is beneficial. Young children can sit still for short periods of time, and it’s okay if you don’t finish the story.
  • Let your child handle books and turn the pages. Board books are durable and easier for little hands to manipulate.
  • Share books by talking about the pictures.
  • Point to the words as you read them.
  • Use voices for the different characters in the story to help keep your child engaged.
  • Talk to your child about the story, and ask them to tell you about it.
  • Make reading a part of your daily routine. Nap time, bedtime, meal times, and waiting at the doctor’s office are all great times for sharing books.
Check out these book collections at your Temple Public Library: 
  • Board Books
  • Picture Books
  • Parenting Books and Magazines
  • Audiobooks
  • Playaway Kits
  • Children's and Family DVD's 
  • Spanish Language and Bilingual Books
Your Library also provides access to digital resources and digital books to help you and your child learn together. Some of those resources are: 

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