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Summer Reading Program : Early Literacy

This LibGuide has information and resources for the current summer reading program. It has been created for RCLS member library staff.

SRP 2021: Tails and Tales


Accucut LibGuide:


Paper Bag Jellyfish
Book paring: Peanut Butter Jellyfish by Jarett J. Krosoczka

Paper Plate Butterflies
Book paring:Senorita Mariposa by Mister G

Egg carton whale
Book Paring:

Handprint Pigeon*
Book Paring: Any of the Pigeon books by Mo Willems

Handprint Dinosaur*
Book Paring:

*Hand Accucut:


More Ideas:

Playdough Bug Fossils 
Book paring: Dinosaur Feathers by Dennis Nolan


Sensory Bottles for Babies
Note: this website is for a product you must purchase. However, the sensory bottles are easy enough to replicate with materials found in most craft closets.

Accucuts Used:

Hand #1 (424)
Large: 3 15/16"W x 5 3/16"H

Unicorn #2 (651)

Mermaid Tail (423)
Large 2 3/4"W x 4 1/2"H

Outdoor Activities

Storywalk ® Resources

The StoryWalk® Project was originally created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT, and developed in collaboration with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. StoryWalk® is a registered service mark owned by Ms. Ferguson.

Kellog-Hubbard Library:

Boston Children's Museum:



Libraries can purchase an Empire Pass to loan to patrons. About the Empire Pass:

The Empire Pass is your key to all-season enjoyment at New York State Parks. It provides unlimited day-use vehicle entry to most facilities operated by New York State Parks and the State Dept. of Environmental Conservation including forests, beaches, trails and more. Learn where the Empire Pass is Accepted.

All Trails: (from the website) Our goal is simple - build the largest collection of hand-curated trail guides, so you can explore the outdoors with confidence.  Mobile App is available.

NYS Parks: A comprehensive list of state parks, national parks, historical sites, monuments, and more.


Early Literacy Resources

This website has songs, rhymes, and more that you can use in your virtual programs. Make sure you share this resource with caregivers. They will be able to enjoy TWO free books with their child every day! This resource is also available in Spanish at


Ready to Ready at NY Libraries:
"Designed to improve and expand the availability of high quality public library early learning services in local communities across the State, this new statewide program will provide library staff, families and caregivers with the knowledge they need to prepare young children for their school years."


Every Child Ready to Read:
Teaching parents and other caregivers how to support the early literacy development of their children is the basis of Every Child Ready to Read® @ your library®.


ALSC Archived Webinars:
The Association for Library Services to Children has a wealth of webinars about early literacy. Free to ALSC members.