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Ohio Ready to Read
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Public libraries play a key role in ensuring
that every Ohio child starts kindergarten
ready to learn to read.

Ohio Ready to Read Supports Your Early Literacy Activities

Updated 11/20/15:

Download and share parent/caregiver tipsheets to accompany selected picture books by Ohio authors and illustrators. A service of the Choose to Read Ohio initiative, the tipsheets feature simple activities to engage young children in talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing, and are sized to tuck into a book or hand out at storytime. Use them as a template to write your own tipsheets for new picture books, books you share in storytime, or books that are popular at your library.

Learn about Ohio's Kindergarten Readiness Assessment, which replaced the KRA-L beginning with the 2014-15 school year.

Ohio Public Libraries and Student Learning gets public librarians up to speed on Common Core/Ohio's New Learning Standards, the Third Grade Reading Guarantee, and other developments in PreK-12 education policy and practice. Learn about these initiatives and what your library can do to support students, parents, and teachers.

Ohio's new biennial budget drops and de-funds the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career (PARCC) tests. The American Institutes for Research (AIR) is developing new statewide English language arts and math tests to be administered to students starting in the 2015-16 school year. Learn about recent changes to Ohio's State Tests on the Ohio Department of Education's State Test Updates page, and check these articles in the Columbus Dispatch and on the State Impact Ohio website. More information is on the Ohio Public Libraries and Student Learning page.

Storytime Crosswalk Connections (PDF), created by Ohio librarian Cheilon Preston, youth services coordinator at the Chillicothe and Ross County Public Library, is an easy-to-use tipsheet with an example activity or idea for matching each of the Six Skills from ECRR1 with each of the Five Practices from ECRR2. It supplements the Ohio Early Literacy Crosswalk, which cross-references ECRR and other early-literacy frameworks. A good companion is the ORTR Booklist (PDF), which sorts good books under each of the Six Skills AND Five Practices, so every book on the list supports both a skill and a practice. This booklist was created by Brenda Guggenbiller, youth services supervisor at the Ashland Public Library.

Find an expanded listing of compilations of early literacy research, and tools to help you make the case for your early literacy work, on the Research and Advocacy page.

Download Grab and Go Literacy Station templates for the Five Practices.

Learn a lot about ORTR in two minutes by viewing our Prezi overview.

The ORTR Library is a collection of storytime outlines, booklists, scripts, sample publications, links, and other "shares" for librarians to plan early literacy activities. Browse, borrow, use, and share!

The Ohio Early Literacy Crosswalk helps librarians and early-childhood professionals work with four early literacy frameworks: ECRR1, ECRR2, Ohio's Early Learning and Development Standards, and Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework Outcomes.

Every Child Ready to Read Update:


The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Public Library Association (PLA) announced the release of a new Every Child Ready to Read® product in March 2014. The Every Child Ready to Read® @ your Library® Toolkit for Spanish-Speaking Communities is now available as a digital download from the ALA Store. This toolkit supports your Every Child Read to Read programming for your Spanish-Speaking patrons, providing a turnkey product that includes Spanish language activities and booklists.

The revision of the national Every Child Ready to Read® @ Your Library® (ECRR) program focuses on five simple practices--talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing--that develop language and pre-reading skills in children beginning at birth. The ECRR2 toolkit is available from the ALA Store.

ORTR offers the Ohio Early Literacy Crosswalk and ECRR2 section of the ORTR Library to support libraries' use of ECRR2.

Saroj Ghoting debuted her STAR POWER™ workshop in Ohio in August 2011. This workshop, sponsored by ORTR, introduced ECRR2 and explored early literacy in storytimes, library environments, and library programs. STAR POWER™ workshop handouts and materials are available for free download on the Training Opportunities page.

Saroj has also developed several helpful companion resources for libraries adopting ECRR2, including a summary of the early literacy components (skills) (PDF) and a chart showing how the early literacy components and the Five Practices support each other (PDF). More resources are available on Saroj's website.

Learn more:

PLA/ALSC Every Child Ready to Read® @ Your Library® is a national, research based initiative to give public library staff the training, skills and tools they need to contribute to the school success of young children. ECRR incorporates simple practices to help parents and other caregivers develop early literacy skills in children from birth to age five.

Ohio Ready to Read is a joint initiative of the Ohio Library Council and State Library of Ohio to educate Ohio's families on the importance of early childhood literacy through resources and activities available at Ohio's public libraries.

For more information about Ohio Ready to Read, contact:

Amy Brown, Worthington Libraries, ORTR Task Force Chair: abrown@worthingtonlibraries.org
Janet Ingraham Dwyer, State Library of Ohio, ORTR liaison: jdwyer@library.ohio.gov or 614-644-6910