Born to Read

Born to Read Quote Quote

The interactions that young children have with such literacy materials as books, paper, and crayons, and with the adults in their lives are the building blocks for language, reading and writing development.

- Early Literacy, 2003 (

About the program

The Dallas Public Library's Born to Read program started in fall 2005 thanks to the generous support of the Dallas Women's Foundation and the Friends of the Dallas Public Library. The purpose of the program is to reach expecting parents and parents with newborn babies about the importance of reading and early literacy skills on the early brain development of babies. Born to Read currently works closely with Parkland Hospital's Healthy Start program and DISD's Teen Pregnancy and Parenting Program.

Schedule a workshop

Please contact us at or 214-670-1671 to schedule a Born to Read Workshop at your school, church or community site. Available in English and Spanish.

About the Workshops

Workshops are intended for expecting parents or parents with infants and toddlers. This workshop incorporates nursery rhymes, songs and stories, Born to Succeed DVD, and information on the effects of early literacy on infant brain development.

Mom and Baby Reading

All Born to Read workshop participants receive the following:

  • Read to Me bag
  • Born to Read baby t-shirt
  • Baby board book (titles vary)
  • Packet of early literacy information and resources
  • Library card

Books for babies should...

  1. Be durable books made of board paper, foam or cloth
  2. Be short and use few words and simple phrases
  3. Introduce basic concepts, like shapes, colors, and letters
  4. Use clear images on white or plain backgrounds
  5. Be repetitious and rhyme
  6. Contain realistic images of human faces
  7. Evoke the senses, like "flip-the-flap" or "touch and feel" books

Program Sponsors