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Reading and writing for young children begins by sharing books and stories, alphabet songs and games, rhymes, and early drawing and writing experiences. When children see written words, it helps them recognize letters and understand meaning in text. Reading also builds their vocabulary.

Plays: 292

Timothy Olyphant: Proud

Timothy Olyphant and Abby talk to friends who feel proud.
1:45 Runtime
Plays: 90

Norah Jones: Don't Know Y

Norah misses her friend, the letter Y, and sings a song with Elmo about it.
3:10 Runtime
Plays: 186

Letter G Game

Grover hosts the Letter G Game.
2:6 Runtime
Plays: 1087

Jack Black and the Octagon

Jack Black talks about the word "octagon."
1:8 Runtime
Make octagons! You and your child can create this eight-sided shape by using eight crayons, spoons, or blocks. Each time you make one, count the sides and angles. How many ways can you make octagons?
Plays: 809

Mindy Kaling: Enthusiastic

Mindy Kaling and Elmo explain the word enthusiastic.
1:58 Runtime
Together, create an activity calendar for the week, and plan one activity each day that your child is enthusiastic about and can look forward to. Ask him what makes him feel really excited.
Plays: 433

Ginnifer Goodwin: Adventure

Ginnifer Goodwin and Abby explore the world of "adventure."
2:2 Runtime
Make up an adventure story! With your child, use your imagination to make up a story about an exciting adventure, such as exploring a jungle or swimming with dolphins!
Plays: 1455

Sing the ABCs

Animation of two girls singing the alphabet
0:41 Runtime
Plays: 270

Kellan Lutz - Vibrate

Kellan Lutz shows Cookie Monster different things that vibrate.
2:29 Runtime
Plays: 191

Trash Gordon: Planet Spaghetti

Oscar reads to Slimey about Trash Gordon.
1:53 Runtime
Plays: 2022

B is for Bedtime with Tracee Ellis Ross

Tracee Ellis Ross gets ready for bed with things that start with B!
1:21 Runtime
Plays: 34

Mark Ruffalo: Empathy

Mark Ruffalo and Murray talk about the word "Empathy."
2:28 Runtime
Plays: 1669

Story Book Builder

As you create these stories with your child, ask him how he might feel in each situation and why. Describe how you would feel in the same situation. Maybe it's the same, maybe it's different.