Crash Course in Storytime Fundamentals

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Based upon materials used by this experienced children's library and university instructor, this is a vital and essential how to for doing storytimes.

Crash Course in Storytime Fundamentals is a vital and essential how to. It is perfect for anyone who is asked to do storytime, but has never been trained-or for anyone who simply needs a new idea. The book is based upon materials designed for and used during an all day workshop, Storytime Fundamentals offered by this veteran children's librarian.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Peck (San Leandro Public Library; library and information science, San Jose State U., California) presents a practical guide for both novice experienced storytime presenters looking for new ideas. Coverage includes an overview of storytime fundamentals; storytime for babies, for toddlers, and for preschool children and families; incorporating music, songs, and fingerplays; bilingual storytime; crafts at preschool storytime; storytelling, puppets, and props; and using volunteers. Each chapter includes book and website resources. The text also contains an extensive list of storytime book suggestions, organized into 75 thematic categories, each accompanied by suggested craft activities and songs."


Reference & Research Book News

"Practical and concise, this well-organized and readable guide is for inexperienced staff members who are not necessarily children's librarians. . . . The book is a natural partner to Kendall Haven and MaryGay Ducey's Crash Course in Storytelling (Libraries Unlimited, 2006)."


School Library Journal

"Written to serve as a starting place for novice storytime presenters, this work is a valuable resource for librarians, teachers, or others working with children at preschool age or younger. . . . The volume provides numerous resources and ideas to use as a starting point for any storytime program, and it encourages the user to find out more and to branch out through experimentation."



"A highly useful resource for the novice children's librarian. Peck's knowledge and experience is evident by the practical nature of the book's content and its matter-of-fact, no-frills presentation. Peck not only explains the mechanics of storytime, she also demonstrates why it remains such a vital program for a public library."


Public Libraries

"I recommend Crash Course in Storytime Fundamentals for those new to storytime and old hands who might find a few tips and variations not tried in ‘one of the most enjoyable parts of your work week.' "


Australian Library Journal

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

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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: 1,167,796
  • 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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