PLA’s 2021 early literacy calendars now available

For Immediate Release
Mon, 10/26/2020


Scott Allen

Deputy Director

Public Library Association

American Library Association

CHICAGO – For the third year in a row, the Public Library Association (PLA) has developed and released an Early Literacy Calendar, featuring daily literacy-building activities that libraries can share with families in their community.

These bright and colorful calendars are downloadable and reproducible. Based on the Every Child Ready to Read practices of reading, writing, singing, talking, playing, and counting, each download contains twelve months of learning activities, book lists, nursery rhymes, and more.

 The calendar pages include daily skills-building activities, and the reverse contains supplementary content like nursery rhymes, early literacy tips, song lyrics, and suggested reading material. The calendar pages are also customizable with each containing a designated spot to add your library’s logo and contact information. Libraries nationwide have used these calendars to help parents and caregivers engage with their children in early literacy activities every day of the year.

Herrick District Library (Holland, Mich.) has incorporated the 2020 Early Literacy Calendar into its online resources by creating a gallery of early literacy activities and caregiver tips, which includes on-demand videos of children's librarian sing-a-longs, book recommendations, and PDFs of the calendar. View their gallery to get ideas on how to maximize the 2021 calendar activities in your library!

The calendar is available for purchase and download in the ALA Store for $23.99 for PLA members, $26.99 for ALA members, and $29.99 for others.

About the Public Library Association
The Public Library Association (PLA) is the largest association dedicated to supporting the unique and evolving needs of public library professionals. Founded in 1944, PLA serves nearly 10,000 members in public libraries large and small in communities across the United States and Canada, with a growing presence around the world. PLA strives to help its members shape the essential institution of public libraries by serving as an indispensable ally for public library leaders. For more information about PLA, contact the PLA office at 1 (800) 545-2433, ext. 5PLA, or