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ALSC Announces New Initiative: Babies Need Words Every Day

2015 August 10
by Katherine Adelberg

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) has announced a new initiative, “Babies Need Words Every Day: Talk, Read, Sing, Play.”

Research shows children from low-income households hear 30 million fewer words than children of higher-income homes; this leads to a persistent gap in language development that impacts school readiness and future educational success. The shareable resources available for free on the Babies Need Words Every Day web page are designed to help bridge the 30 Million Word Gap by providing parents with proven ways to build their children’s literacy skills.


Babies Need Words Every Day resources include eight visually appealing posters that deliver simple, effective rhymes, games and other suggestions for immediate, enriching ways to communicate with babies. Libraries can participate in the Babies Need Words Every Day campaign by printing these free resources and partnering with local business, community organizations, hospitals, and other public buildings to display and distribute them. The downloadable posters are available in English and Spanish. They are ideal for posting above changing tables in child care centers, in doctors’ waiting rooms and anywhere else where children and their caregivers have a moment to talk, read, sing and play.

In addition, libraries may download the free Babies Need Words Every Day book list brochure. Filled with titles that go perfectly with the poster and media kit, this brochure is great for sharing with parents and caregivers! The document is available as a PDF that can be customized with your library or school’s contact information.

The Babies Need Words Every Day initiative, created by the ALSC Early Childhood Programs and Services Committee, provides essential support for lifelong learning to diverse families. ALSC is committed to raising awareness around this issue and leveraging the role public libraries play in fostering educational success.

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