Crash Course in Storytime Fundamentals

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This beginner's guide to storytelling traces the developmental stages of very young children, illustrating how to present storytime for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers as well as in family settings to be most effective. Author Penny Peck will teach you the fundamentals of reading with the intent of capturing children's imaginations, showing you how to incorporate music, play, and hands-on activities into your routine. She offers expert advice on how to choose the best picture books and provides lists of books for addressing particular literacy needs.

A perfect primer for those new to the task, this guide illustrates how to make this activity a favorite of children and provides tips for progressing in the role of storyteller, with ideas for engaging your audience and enhancing enjoyment. Beginning with the basics of performing a library storytime, each subsequent chapter builds on that knowledge, offering ways to infuse technology, special needs adaptations, and music into the story. The revised edition addresses such current topics as iPads, apps usage, online options, and dance programs.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal

Practical and concise, this well-organized and readable guide is for inexperienced staff members who are not necessarily children's librarians. Peck matches program sessions to the ages of the children (babies, toddlers, preschoolers) and to their educational and social development. The 75 themed storytimes include different types of books and Web sites and sources for songs, musical instruments, fingerplays, games, puppets, and crafts. The author discusses best times and settings for programs; special issues, such as children's and parents' behavior; selection and training of volunteers; the "registration" question, and more. The book is a natural partner to Kendall Haven and MaryGay Ducey's Crash Course in Storytelling (Libraries Unlimited, 2006). Peck's programs place much emphasis on prekindergarten readiness and preliteracy readiness for preschoolers. Carolyn N. Cullum's The Storytime Sourcebook II (2007); Gail Benton and Trisha Waichulaitis's Ready-to-Go Storytimes (2003); Kay Lincycomb's Storytimes...Plus! (2007, all Neal Schuman); and Marie Castellano's Simply Super Storytimes (Upstart, 2003) supply storytime programs too, but Peck gives much more step-by-step guidance.-Judy Sokoll, Florida Storytelling Association, Naples

From the Publisher

"Crash Course In Storytime Fundamentals is thoroughly 'user friendly' throughout and very highly recommended for library staff development and academic library 'Library Science' instructional reference collections." - Library Bookwatch

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591587156
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/30/2008
  • Series: Crash Course Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 172
  • Sales rank: 1,412,650
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

PENNY PECK is Senior Librarian, Youth Services, in the San Leandro Public Library, San Leandro, CA. She also teaches in the School of Library and Information Science at San Jose State University. She holds an MLS from San Jose. She has served as a member on the Notable Children's Book Committee, the Carnegie Award Committee, and the Newbery Committee.

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