Birth to Kindergarten

Early learning resources and events for your baby, toddler, or preschooler!

Little Learners @ Home

Sing, play, create and read with your little learners.


Stories, songs, puppets, and more! Enjoy time with your child while building a foundation for reading success.

Online Storytimes

View recordings of storytimes. Stories, songs, and movement -- supporting literacy development and learning.

Books for Young Children

Book Lists

Early Learning

You are your child's first teacher!

Children are born learners and the get ready to read years before they go to school.

Children develop much of their capacity for learning in the first three years of life.

Children with books in the home have a better chance for a good start in school.

Children who enjoy being read to are more likely to want to learn to read themselves.

Help your child get ready to read with these simple activities.

You are the key to your child's success.

When you read, talk, sing, and play with your child, you're stimulating the growth of your child's brain and building the connections that will become the building blocks for reading and for life-long learning.

Resources for Parents and Caregivers

Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE)
Parent and early childhood education for families with children between birth and kindergarten age.

Early Childhood Screening (Saint Paul Public Schools)
Identify the health and developmental needs of young children before entering kindergarten.

Early Learning Programs (Minnesota Department of Education)
Local programs and statewide resources to help children receive the best start.

Parent Aware
Rating tool for selecting high-quality child care and early education.

Reading Rockets
Teaching kids to read and helping those who struggle.

Think Small
Services, resources, and advocacy for early childhood education in Minnesota, including the Debra S. Fish Early Childhood Resource Library.

What's New for Birth to Kindergarten

Cozy Books for December - from Dayton's Bluff Library Staff

Get cozy with the little ones and enjoy stories that celebrate the winter season and stoke festive feelings for upcoming December holidays.

Thanksgiving - by Dayton's Bluff Library Staff

Over time, many legends have formed about Thanksgiving. Here are a few books to learn more about this complicated holiday.

Read Along with Drag Story Hour

A list of picture books to help start positive conversations about gender identity and expression.

Music, Dance, and Music Instruments of India

Books about the music, dance, and instruments of India - for children and adults

Have Conversations full of PRIDE with Young Children

A booklist to help parents and caregivers start to have conversations about queerness and Pride with young children.

Summer Spark

Make the library your summer spot with Summer Spark, the Library's summer reading and activity challenge program!

Science-a-Long: Sink or Float

Come Science-a-Long with Miss Carla as she shows you how to perform a simple home science experiment, then try it yourself at home!

Engineer-A-Long: Build with Sticks

Engineer-a-Long with Miss Margo as she plays with sticks. What does she build? It’s a surprise! What will you build? Surprise yourself!

Art-A-Long - Fun with Letters: d

Express yourselves with art while having fun with letters! This time we are using the lowercase letter d and drawing supplies.

Nature-a-Long: Nature Treasure Box

Come Nature-a-long with Miss Carla as she shows you how to make your very own Nature Treasure Box!

Art-A-Long: Fun with Letters: e

This time we are using a grocery bag, markers, and our own hand to illustrate the lowercase letter e!
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