AAP Books Build Connections Toolkit
Evidence Supporting Early Literacy and Early Learning
Explore the evidence base that supports promoting early literacy. This includes the AAP policy statement on early literacy as well as the AAP School Readiness technical report.
What Every Practice Can Do To Promote Early Literacy and Early Learning
Having a conversation about reading can flow naturally in your visits with families. Review these 17 tips to help you begin conversations that will encourage parents to spend time reading with their children.
Selecting Books For Your Program
Selecting books that are developmentally, culturally, and thematically appropriate, as well as affordable, can be a challenge. Here are some things to consider when selecting books for your program
Finding The Right Book For Every Child
Here are examples of a range of children’s books sorted by age or developmental level and topic, including medical conditions affecting children.
Helping Your Child Learn To Read
Here are some tips for helping children learn to read. The most important thingsto remember are to be patient, to have fun, to praise early and often, and not to push them.
Sharing Books With Your Baby Up to Age 11 Months
What’s the best way to share books with your baby up to age 11 months? Here are some tips that cover 4 stages in your baby’s life: birth to 3 months, 4 to 5 months, 6 to 8 months, and 9 to 11 months.
Sharing Books With Your 1-Year-Old
What’s the best way to share books with your 1-year-old? Here are some tips thatcover 3 stages in your baby’s life: 12 to 14 months, 15 to 17 months, and 18 to 24 months.
Sharing Books With Your 2-Year-Old
What’s the best way to share books with your 2-year-old? Here are some tips thatcover 2 stages in your child’s life: 24 to 29 months and 30 to 35 months.
Sharing Books With Your Preschooler
What’s the best way to share books with your preschooler? Here are some tips that cover age 3 and age 4 of your child’s life.
Sharing Books With Your School-Age Child
What’s the best way to share books with your school-age child? Here are some tips that cover ages 5 and older of your child’s life.
The Secret to a Smarter Baby
How do you raise a smart baby? Talk to her, play with her, walk with her, sing to her, imitate sounds, cuddle her, read to her every day, and turn off the television and other electronic devices.
Why It Is Never Too Early To Read With Your Baby
Here are tips from doctors on reading with very young children, including the 5 Rs of early education.