ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Storytime Helps Build Literacy Skills

Updated on May 5, 2013

Reading to a young child is an important part of his or her cognitive development. A supplement to reading, such as storytime and visiting the library or bookstore on a regular basis, plays an even larger role in helping build literacy skills.


Introducing Books at an Early Age Is Key

A report by the National Early Literacy Panel concludes that the writing and reading skills a child develops between birth and five years old impacts his or her conventional literacy skills later in life. The study also points to six attributes or building blocks of early literacy skills that also have a great impact on a child's development of reading and writing. Since most children don't attend school before the age of four or five, it is important for them to develop these skills at home or elsewhere.

Public libraries and bookstores across the country offer a variety of sessions or storytimes dedicated to teaching young ones about books and how their stories can improve a child's love for reading and writing. If a child learns about reading and other literacy skills at an early age, the further ahead he or she is when it comes time to start school.

About Storytime

Storytime is typically a free program offered by public libraries and local bookstores as a way for parents to introduce their children to reading and language. Besides listening to a story, there are also a variety of activities that help promote development and learning. Each level of storytime has age-appropriate activities such as playing with puppets, listening, dancing and singing to music and doing arts and crafts.

Storytimes are usually divided into three age groups:

  • Baby (up to 18 months)
  • Toddler (18 months to 3 years old)
  • Preschool (3 to 5 years old)


Have you or do you take your child to storytime?

See results

Storytime Characteristics that Influence Literacy Skills

When a child attends storytime or similar event, a number of factors that contribute to successful reading are introduced:

  • Vocabulary: Knowing the names of objects and places around them
  • Print Motivation: Having an interest in books, printing, coloring and taking trips to the library
  • Print Awareness: Understanding the basic rules of printing such as left to right and top to bottom
  • Narrative Skills: Being able to comprehend and tell stories, as well as describe a simple event
  • Letter Knowledge: Learning the names and sounds of letters
  • Phonological Awareness: Comprehending the certain sounds that make up a words

Start Your Own Storytime

If attending a local storytime is not possible, try your hand at starting your own. Recruit other moms with children of the same age to share stories and activities and rotate homes each week.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • anusha15 profile image

      Anusha Jain 

      6 years ago from Delhi, India

      Indeed Story time is a crucial part of child's life. Apart from improving literacy skills, the story time can also play an important role in improving child's awareness about the culture (with folk tales) and off course, write messages through stories will have a great impact on moral values. Interesting hub!

    • tirelesstraveler profile image

      Judy Specht 

      6 years ago from California

      Listening to stories and being read too is vital to stimulate a child. I have read that every family should take a year and do little formal education, but read for hours on end about every thing imaginable. Can you imagine if a child was read to for a few hours every day how much they would have in their little minds to stimulate creative thinking?

      Lovely hub. Vote up, interesting, usual and awesome.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)