Find resources specifically designed for the teachers of young children.
Children are born learning. We can give them a great start by reading, singing, talking and playing with them every day – starting from the day they are born.
Books for Early Learners
Enjoy these resources free with your library card.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is included in the Ready for Books deliveries?
Ready for Books deliveries include books to enrich your curriculum, increase preschoolers’ reading readiness and provide fun and enjoyment for all ages. Educational resource material such as craft activities, book lists and fingerplays are also included for the teachers.
How often are Ready for Books deliveries?
Tubs are delivered to childcare centers every six weeks and to home care providers every month.
Can I choose what items come in the Ready for Books delivery?
The Library has a number of different themes and age groups available. Each center chooses the appropriate age tubs for their needs.
How do childcare providers apply?
Applications are available at all Pierce County Library System locations, by mail, or by telephone. You can also download the Childcare Center application.
Home care providers may also pick up applications at all Pierce County Library System locations, by mail, by telephone or by downloading the Application for Home Childcare Providers.
Childcare centers and home care providers meeting established criteria will be notified of their acceptance into the program.
What is needed to qualify?
Childcare centers and home care providers must:
- Be a licensed facility.
- Reside in the Pierce County Library System Service area.
How will we receive the materials?
Bags will be delivered to the childcare facility by friendly Pierce County Library staff.
For home providers, bags will be delivered to the Pierce County Library of the home childcare provider’s choice. The library childcare assistant will call when the new bags are ready for pickup.
How will childcare providers benefit from the program?
Books and reading enrich your curriculum, increase preschooler’s reading readiness, and provide fun and enjoyment for all ages. Educational resource material such as craft activities, booklists and finger plays help teachers plan more robust learning opportunities. Best of all, the program is free!
Please contact Early Learning Services or call 253-548-3417.