Here is a great article about reading, talking, and singing to babies. It covers everything from sounds to encouraging involvement. At the bottom of the article, there is a chart with early literacy development milestones that ranges from 0-24 months.
Teach Mamma (her blog is here) has a great post on the most important literacy terms. The list includes words like comprehension, high frequency words, decoding, and phonological awareness. It’s definitely worth checking out!
Project Enlightenment (found here) has partnered with the Wake County Public School System to created a great set of activities to make reading (and writing) meaningful for preschoolers. These activities include cooking with children and letting them follow the recipe to “providing print materials such as menus, tickets, maps, and catalogues for children to use in pretend play.”
The activities can be found here.
The Library of Michigan has created a great PDF document of books about how to effectively read to children.
Here is a small sampling of the books recomended:
The Michigan PDF can be found here.
Reach Out and Read, a fabulous early literacy organization, has created a list of early literacy milestones. It ranges from 6 months to 5 years. It has everything from motor and cognitive skills, to what parents can be doing, to what types of books should be read. Here is the PDF:
To find out more, you can visit Reach Out and Read here.