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.

Debra S. Fish Early Childhood Resource Library

Supporting early childhood trainers, child care providers, and parents of young children. Early childhood materials on a variety of topics.

Sign Up for ParentPowered Texts

Weekly tips on developing children’s social skills, increasing motor and language ability and preparing for kindergarten.

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

Spice It Up, Start Cooking!

Cooking & reading together preserve both bonds of the generations and bounty of family love.

Winter Moon Lights Dark Nights

Our lunar neighbor has inspired stories since the first humans looked up at the sky and saw its gray, cratered face.

Capturing the Christmas Spirit: New Picture Books

Christmas can be a magical time for children, and these books will reward their natural curiosity about the season's traditions.

Karen Book Launch

Celebrating the publication of a third children's book in the S’gaw Karen language.

"What Happened to you?": Picture Books About Disabilities

When young kids encounter someone with a disability for the first time, they usually have questions. These books encourage conversations.

Stories to Spark Your Imagination

For young, old and everyone in-between, feel inspired by these picture books that celebrate the wonders of imagination.

Pride Storytime: "Julián is a Mermaid"

Featuring "Julián is a Mermaid" by Jessica Love and "When Aidan Became a Brother" by Kyle Lukoff.

Musical Storytime June 29

Join Miss Rose in Musical Storytime! In Musical Storytime, we'll learn new songs, sing favorite tunes, move and groove, and explore music!

Picture books that celebrate the spirit of the 4th of July

These picture books will help enrich understanding and connection to our country and community.

Musical Storytime with Miss Rose June 22

Today we'll learn about vocal exercises to warm up our voices and sing with the Barnyard Singers!

Musical Storytime June 15

Learn new songs, sing favorite tunes, move and groove, and explore music. Today we'll make music - in the kitchen!

Picture Books for Pride

Picture books for young readers to help spark a conversation, connection, and new understanding.

Juneteenth 2021 Storytime with Tim!

SPPL's Tim reads: Black is a Rainbow Color by Angela Joy & Hey Black Child by Useni Eugene Perkins.

Juneteenth 2021 Read Aloud: Tim "Freedom Over Me"

Tim reads stories from Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life, written and illustrated by Ashley Bryan.

Story Strolls

Story Strolls will be happening at several City parks and library grounds throughout the summer. Get outside and stroll through a story!
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