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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: 938

Eva Longoria: Exquisite

Eva Longoria shows us "exquisite."
1:15 Runtime
Plays: 2065

D: Dance

Dancing to the letter D
0:35 Runtime
Plays: 993

Patti Labelle: the Alphabet

Patti LaBelle sings the alphabet.
2:27 Runtime
Plays: 4082

Pharrell: B is for Book

Pharell sings about the letter B and reading books.
1:56 Runtime
Plays: 537

Piggies Alphabet

A boogie-woogie farm ABC song.
2:9 Runtime
Plays: 693

Alphabet Hunt

Find the letters!
As you walk around your neighborhood, try to point out different letters you see and talk about the sounds they make. Street signs, storefronts, and billboards are great places to look.
Plays: 435

John Cho: Sturdy

Abby and John Cho demonstrate the word "sturdy."
1:47 Runtime
Build a sturdy house for a stuffed animal! Use materials such as paper, cardboard, and blocks, and see which material is the strongest and makes a house that won't fall apart!
Plays: 314

No Matter What Your Language

Different words can mean the same thing.
2:0 Runtime
Plays: 1369

Word Play

Join your Sesame Street friends as they play together and learn new words!
These bilingual read-aloud stories teach more than 30 vocabulary words! Discover how kids can learn new words while you play together. Use the “discover words” feature to invite your child to tell the story in his or her own words.
Plays: 636

Doug E. Doug and Elmo

Elmo reads a story he wrote to Doug E. Doug.
3:15 Runtime
Plays: 1088

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: 1671

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.