Preschool and Kindergarten

Help your child get ready to read!

Parents and caregivers play an integral part in the development of children’s early literacy skills. The following resources are available  for parents and caregivers to help children develop language and pre-reading skills starting at birth.

Literacy Kits

These specialized theme-based kits contain 10-15 items including books, multi-media items, toys, puzzles and games aimed at babies, toddlers, preschoolers.  Each Kit also contains an early literacy binder full of fantastic ideas and activities to encourage pre-reading and early literacy skills. 

Multicultural Literacy Kits

We have over a dozen literacy kits featuring many different cultures including Metis, Japanese, Chinese, Arabic, Serbian and Russian. The kits can be borrowed from any VIRL branch for up to 3 weeks at a time.  Each kit contains a series of age-appropriate books (many of them in the native language of the culture), and a combination of activities, CDs, DVDs or toys, all contained in a handy backpack.

Literacy Kits have been funded by various early literacy foundations and are available at select library locations.  Find out more about these fantastic Literacy Kits. 

Kindergarten Kits

Kindergarten Kits, modelled after the literacy kits, for children in Kindergarten. Each Kindergarten Kit contains approximately 10-15 items including books, felt stories, puppets, puzzles, CDs, DVDs and an early literacy information sheet. Kit themes are based on the Public Library Association “100 Picture Books to Read in Kindergarten” list and include Animal Stories, Folk Tales, Imagination, Concepts, Stories in Rhyme, Humorous Stories and more. These kits provide parents, caregivers and teachers the opportunity to borrow tote boxes filled with great library resources for Kindergarten students in support of the newly implemented all day Kindergarten school program. 

Funded through a grant from the Raise a Reader, Times Colonist., the Kindergarten Kits can be borrowed throughout the Vancouver Island Regional Library service area. Please click here for a complete listing of Kindergarten Kits available.

Early Learning Games

Early learning games are educational games designed to build kindergarten readiness skills. Topics range from learning the alphabet to counting skills and pattern recognition.
Click here for a complete listing of Early Learning Games available to borrow.

Online Resources 

Access online resources for Preschool and Kindergarten for free with your library card:



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