PLAY – Grow a Reader’s early literacy skills training – part 4

th-4The Calgary Public Library’s Grow a Reader app teaches parents and caregivers skills for cultivating young children’s early literacy.


Bibliographic Info:  Grow a Reader Calgary Public Library (2013, latest update 2014)  Format: App, Early Literacy Demo Videos  Interest Level: parents, caregivers, teachers, children’s librarians, early literacy educators  Genre: Education, Professional Development  Themes: Five Early Literacy Practices

PLAY – Grow a Reader’s early literacy skills training – part 4


th-5Summary:  Grow a Reader is an early literacy educational app for parents of young children. It is also useful as a professional development resource for teachers and storytime presenters whose job it is to model early literacy skills.  One category of videos teaches actual songs and rhymes that cultivate early literacy in little kids.  Another category of videos provides tips on using the five key practices that help develop children’s pre-reading skills.  The app also connects users with early literacy books in the Calgary Public Library catalog.


mzl.vwpolimn.640x960-75Review:  Grow a Reader is a useful app brimming with helpful videos for those interested in cultivating young children’s early literacy.  The app promotes the five key early literacy parent practices:  reading. writing, singing, playing and talking with kids.  It also provides over 25 videos of stories and rhymes for use during storytime.  These videos are also useful to teachers and storytime presenters who are developing a storytime repertoire.  The app’s layout is elegant and easy to navigate.  The videos are high quality.  Useful tips are presented succinctly.


Storytime:  This app is not for use during an actual storytime program.  The videos are  useful in parent, teacher or storytime education programming.

Video Collection of the Five Key Early Literacy Parent Practices

I chose to review the Grow a Reader because Little eLit.com suggests it as a professional development resource.


Written by Tom Schween, founder of storytimeWOW!