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Literacy - it's  a big word in many ways.  Most people think of literacy as just reading and writing.  Literacy is so much more. It is also having the ability to understand, use and apply those skills so you can participate in school and society.1


Baby's Book Bag Program

A FREE Baby's Book Bag is available for first-time parents in London and Middlesex County.

To receive your free Baby's Book Bag (PDF) in London (from London's Child and Youth Network), visit any London Public Library or Ontario Early Years Centre in London. Find a location →

Middlesex County
To receive your free Baby's Book Bag (PDF) in Middlesex County, please contact your local Middlesex County Library or EarlyON Child and Family Centre.

Strathroy, Glencoe, Appin, Mt. Brydges, Parkhill, Newbury, Wardsville, Melbourne, Kerwood and nearby areas Call Allison: 519-245-8879
Lucan, Ilderton, Ailsa Craig, Thorndale, Granton, Komoka, Coldstream, Dorchester, Delaware, Putnam and nearby areas Call Janice: 519-666-3227


Baby's Book Bag

Prescription for Literacy

Go to the London Public Library Early Years webpage for information about reading to babies


Literacy and School Readiness

Literacy is very important for school readiness. Not many parents think of school readiness when their children are born but there is so much you can do for your child. Research tells us that literacy development starts in early life and is highly correlated to school achievement. Research also shows that brain growth and development is the greatest between the ages of birth to 3 years. Literacy is for the whole family. According to the City of London, Child & Youth Network, family literacy refers to literacy activities that take place in the everyday lives of families.  Literacy occurs naturally during your routines with your child, from singing lullabies, playing with your child, to telling stories.  Babies love the sound of familiar voices and learn from the sounds they hear. You can talk to your child in your own first language too. So go ahead and begin now. It is easy and fun!1

Date of creation: February 24, 2015
Last modified on: August 13, 2019


1Child and Youth Network. (2015). What is Literacy. Retrieved from