Play Read Grow!

You are your child's first teacher! 

Babies are born learning and the library wants to help you prepare them for success. Explore these resources and attend a Storytime or Play Read Grow Workshop at the library to learn more about how to make a big difference in your child’s life. Just read, write, sing, talk, and play to grow a reader every day!

Play Read Grow Videos

Learn how to use play as a path to early learning in this video series from the Austin Public Library!

Recommended Reading

Learn more about your child's brain, and how you can support early literacy development at home with these books! (see full list)

Shared Resources

My Little Play Read Grow BookThe Austin Public Library is pleased to share all our resources for the Play Read Grow program with fellow libraries and organizations serving young readers. The early literacy marketing materials you see on these pages and in our trainings were created in part with the assistance of a grant from the Texas State Library and Archives Commission in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Studies, and are available for reuse at your organization with attribution to the grantors and the Austin Public Library. The files below are available in the following formats and may require additional software or fonts to open or edit: Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel; Adobe In.Design and Illustrator; PDF and PNG.

You may edit these files for your own use, but please continue to attribute the Austin Public Library by using the APL logo as well as the IMLS and TSLAC logos on the finished documents where they are present. The Austin Public Library must be 0.75" or larger in width and must not be stretched or skewed. Please adhere to the logo usage guidelines offered by TSLAC and IMLS.

Promotional Materials

Training Materials

  • Play Read Grow Presentation for Childcare Providers (PowerPoint)  
  • Juega Lee Crece Presentation for Childcare Providers in Spanish (PowerPoint 
  • Teacher Evaluation Form (Word Document)
  • Play Read Grow Lunchbox Training Plans and Talking Points (Word Document)
  • Parent Evaluation Form (Word Document
  • Early Literacy Stations: A hands on training for parents  *new*
    • Station Plans and shopping lists (PDF)
    • Station Photos (PDF)
    • Station Presentation Overview, Setup, and Talking Points (PDF)
    • Station Activity Bank (Excel Document
    • Alphabet Sensory Bottle Plans (PDFs for English and Spanish words)
    • Rhyming Sensory Bottle Plans (PDFs for English and Spanish words)
    • Storytelling Bag Sticker Template (PDF)  (for use with Avery 6450 or equivalent labels)


  • ​TLA Powerpoint Presentation, 2015 (PDF)
  • Play Read Grow Activity Guides (PDF)
  • Blank Play Read Grow Activity Guide Templates (Word Documents in a zip file)  
  • Play Read Grow Activity Ideas in English and Spanish (PDF)

Youth Services