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Read To Me

Read to Me is a regional collaboration of organizations working together to help your earliest learners to be READING READY. These organizations provide resources and literacy resources as well as family events and other services.

We strive to provide: 

  • Accessible Information
  • Fast Resources
  • A Connection point to regional literacy opportunities

Starting as early as possible.

One short impactful sentence that is important to reading in 0-2 year olds.

Wondering about 0-2 development levels? 

Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons

Pete the cat loves the buttons on his shirt so much that he makes up a song about them, and even as the buttons pop off, one by one, he still finds a reason to sing.

We Are Growing Up!

"Walt is not the tallest or the curliest or the pointiest or even the crunchiest. A confounded blade of grass searches for his 'est' in this hilarious story about growing up"

Up and Down

Even though the penguin and the boy are close friends and do many things together, the penguin decides that he wants to fly and he wants to do it on his own.

The Rabbit Listened

"When Taylor's block castle is destroyed, all the animals think they know just what to do, but only the rabbit quietly listens to how Taylor is feeling"

Jabari Jumps

"Jabari is definitely ready to jump off the diving board. He's finished his swimming lessons and passed his swim test, and he's a great jumper, so he's not scared at all. "Looks easy," says Jabari, watching the other kids take their turns. But when...

There’s a Bear on My Chair

Poor Mouse! A bear has settled in his favourite chair and that chair just isn't big enough for two. Mouse tries all kinds of tactics to move the pesky Bear but nothing works and poor Mouse gives up. Once Mouse has gone, Bear gets up and walks home....

Marta! Big & Small

In this story that incorporates Spanish words, Marta explores the world of opposites and animals.

I Spy With My Little Eye

Asks young readers to identify the animal based on their color, including blue for a blue whale, white for a polar bear, and green for a frog, in a book with die-cut spy holes.

We All Play = Kimêtawânaw

"Join celebrated artist Julie Flett on a joyful romp with animals. From chasing, chirping birds, to swimming, squirting whales, this book for young readers reminds them how animals play just like them. This picture book, with gorgeous images and...

Llama, Llama, Red Pajama

"At bedtime, a little llama worries after his mother puts him to bed and goes downstairs."

Read To Your Baby

It’s never too early! Your baby learns language and early literacy skills as you read to them, so snuggle up and read books often. Make sounds, point to things in the pictures and create positive reading experiences. 

What do babies like in books?

  • Books with high contrast, black-and-white illustrations for first months of baby’s life
  • Board books with photos of babies or bold, clear pictures of familiar items in baby’s world
  • Books with rhythm, repetition and sounds
  • Touch-and-feel books, lift-the-flap books, bath-time books, and toy books
  • Yummy books. Babies learn by exploring objects with their mouth, it’s normal to nibble!

    Continuing through growth.

    Tools and opportunities for your children 2-3 years of age.

    Wondering about your child’s reading level? 

    Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons

    Pete the cat loves the buttons on his shirt so much that he makes up a song about them, and even as the buttons pop off, one by one, he still finds a reason to sing.

    We Are Growing Up!

    "Walt is not the tallest or the curliest or the pointiest or even the crunchiest. A confounded blade of grass searches for his 'est' in this hilarious story about growing up"

    Up and Down

    Even though the penguin and the boy are close friends and do many things together, the penguin decides that he wants to fly and he wants to do it on his own.

    The Rabbit Listened

    "When Taylor's block castle is destroyed, all the animals think they know just what to do, but only the rabbit quietly listens to how Taylor is feeling"

    Jabari Jumps

    "Jabari is definitely ready to jump off the diving board. He's finished his swimming lessons and passed his swim test, and he's a great jumper, so he's not scared at all. "Looks easy," says Jabari, watching the other kids take their turns. But when...

    There’s a Bear on My Chair

    Poor Mouse! A bear has settled in his favourite chair and that chair just isn't big enough for two. Mouse tries all kinds of tactics to move the pesky Bear but nothing works and poor Mouse gives up. Once Mouse has gone, Bear gets up and walks home....

    Marta! Big & Small

    In this story that incorporates Spanish words, Marta explores the world of opposites and animals.

    Read To Your Toddler

    Toddlers are ready to learn new words at a rapid pace! You can help by talking and reading to them whenever you can. Ask questions while you read, repeat their favorite stories and follow their interests. Make it fun!

    What do toddlers like in books?

    • Simple rhymes
    • Stories with familiar items (pets, toys, farms) or familiar routines (bedtime, bath time, meals)
    • Books with very few words or with repeating words
    • Books with facts about their interests (trucks, animals, etc.)

    Encouraging through adventure.

    Find resources for children
    4-6 years of age.

     Wondering about 4-6 year old reading levels?

    Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons

    Pete the cat loves the buttons on his shirt so much that he makes up a song about them, and even as the buttons pop off, one by one, he still finds...

    We Are Growing Up!

    "Walt is not the tallest or the curliest or the pointiest or even the crunchiest. A confounded blade of grass searches for his 'est' in this...

    Up and Down

    Even though the penguin and the boy are close friends and do many things together, the penguin decides that he wants to fly and he wants to do it on...

    The Rabbit Listened

    "When Taylor's block castle is destroyed, all the animals think they know just what to do, but only the rabbit quietly listens to how Taylor is...

    Jabari Jumps

    "Jabari is definitely ready to jump off the diving board. He's finished his swimming lessons and passed his swim test, and he's a great jumper, so...

    There’s a Bear on My Chair

    Poor Mouse! A bear has settled in his favourite chair and that chair just isn't big enough for two. Mouse tries all kinds of tactics to move the...

    Marta! Big & Small

    In this story that incorporates Spanish words, Marta explores the world of opposites and animals.

    The cookie fiasco – Santat, Dan,

    Summary: "There are only three cookies and four hungry friends to share them with. This is not good. This is not equal!"--

    Freedom in Congo Square – Weatherford, Carole Boston, 1956-

    Summary: A poetic tribute to a lesser-known part of African-American history describes how after working relentlessly for more than six days, slaves...

    Fly guy presents : castles – Arnold, Tedd,

    Summary: Fly Guy and Buzz learn about castles, including why they were built, how they protected its inhabitants, and the different people who lived...

    Read To Your Beginning Reader

    Read to your beginning readers as often as you can! Let them choose their own books and retell the stories in their own way. Point to different letters on the page. Ask questions about the characters. Have fun enjoying books together!

    What do pre-readers like in books?

    • Simple folktales, funny stories
    • Simple text they can memorize
    • Books with playful or rhyming language
    • Alphabet books and counting books
    • Books about the real world – trucks, dinosaurs, insects…