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Fun Literacy Kit for Young New Yorkers

The New York Public Library has come up with a little something for kids to help promote literacy and get them started on reading and learning. It is called the Early Literacy Kit. This kit contains a literacy tip sheet, a growth chart, a guide to some extra literacy resources, and more.

It's centerpiece is a board book entitled "ABC Read with Me in NYC" with illustrations by Antonio de Jesus which features the library's signature lions in well-known nursery rhymes. You can also go on a wondrous journey with these lovable lions as they explore New York City's landmarks.

The book comes in both English and Spanish, and it encourages parents to interact with their children in fun activities that may involve singing and playing with them. Children get to learn so much more than just reading as they are able to have unique experiences courtesy of their respective parents related to the book's content.

The Early Literacy Kit is just one of the initiatives already promoted by the New York Public Library with the goal of encouraging kids to start reading early and foster literacy. Libraries in high-priority areas are to receive 15,000 kits to be distributed to families, some of which are the St. George, West New Brighton, and Stapleton Libraries. However, "ABC Read with Me in NYC" is also available in various branches and the library is contemplating selling copies of it.

Benefits of Building a Good Foundation for Early Literacy

Literacy is a crucial part of a child's development. Activities like reading, communicating, and interacting with a child all contribute to improving literacy. There are a number of benefits for laying the proper groundwork early.

  • Promotes good social and emotional growth and development

Interacting with a child through talking or playing helps to improve social skills early and fosters proper emotional growth moving forward. This in turn contributes to the development of coping skills necessary to deal with new problems and continue the learning process in later years.

  • Expands vocabulary and enhances various skills

Even reading alone goes a long way in improving one's vocabulary. But with other channels like parents and different forms of media, there's some added boost for further improvement and development of skills like writing.

  • Improves attention span

If parents are able to train their kids to pay attention early, then this will be good preparation for school in terms of retaining information.

  • Enhances critical thinking skills

Critical thinking is another important factor moving forward as it is not only applicable for academics but practical for daily life as well.

  • Widens imagination

One of the keys to creativity is having a good imagination. And if this is promoted at an early age, then it opens up huge possibilities for the future.

  • Improves memory and concentration

In order to retain more and more information as the level of learning goes higher, one must have a reasonably good memory. Through time, patience, and, of course, an early start, memory is enhanced and literacy potential rises along with it.

The New York Public Library's Early Literacy Kit initiative could be the answer to negative trends today that threaten kids' intellectual standards and help maintain and foster time-tested and good habits like reading among youngsters. Whether you're in New York or whatever part of the world, early literacy is a huge bonus.

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