For the past 14 years, Pennsylvania has celebrated the importance of early literacy development in young children through its One Book, Every Young Child initiative. The One Book program encourages families to bond through books and reading while engaging children in conversation and other activities around books. It also highlights the importance of reading early and often to young children.
Pennsylvania’s One Book, Every Young Child celebrates early literacy during the month of April. Read on to learn more about this important initiative and how you can get involved.
April is known as the Month of the Young Child and, although as Children’s Librarians we focus on young children every day, April has special meaning to us. Children’s Librarians, in partnership with early childhood educators and museum educators across the state of Pennsylvania, will be on a mission to share one very special book with every young child we meet.
In Pennsylvania, we celebrate young children all month long by highlighting and engaging in early literacy and focusing on one specific, stand out picture book. Established in 2006, One Book, Every Young Child is a collaborative effort of various organizations throughout the state that advocates and promotes the importance of early literacy skills for young children age three to six.
During April, libraries, schools, Head Start programs, museums, and other organizations throughout Pennsylvania are celebrating and participating in the One Book, Every Young Child program.