Stories, Time and Again: A Program Guide for Schools and Libraries

Overview

Lively and imaginative book-based programs make it easy to engage young learners, while building their literacy and reading skills, and their love of books and reading.

Your library or classroom will sizzle with excitement when you present these creative, book-based programs—and you just may have as much fun as the kids. Each of the ten chapters focuses on a popular theme or study area—Tropical Rainforests, Animals Down Under, In the Know (manners), and more—offering an ...

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Overview

Lively and imaginative book-based programs make it easy to engage young learners, while building their literacy and reading skills, and their love of books and reading.

Your library or classroom will sizzle with excitement when you present these creative, book-based programs—and you just may have as much fun as the kids. Each of the ten chapters focuses on a popular theme or study area—Tropical Rainforests, Animals Down Under, In the Know (manners), and more—offering an annotated list of selected picture books and chapters books, and two complete programs with step-by-step instructions, materials lists, and all the reproducible patterns, scripts, and stories you'll need. Through reading, storytelling, puzzles, creative dramatics, writing exercises, arts and crafts, and more, you can engage young learners, while building their literacy and reading skills, and their love of books and reading. Children will delight in learning about amazing rainforest animals, performing a skit based on myths from ancient Egypt, writing their own fantasy stories, and holding a mouth-watering Medieval banquet. Designed for public and school libraries, these programs also fit beautifully into classroom studies. Grades K-6.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"Irving is a master at creating book-centered activities for the library and the classroom. This latest work offers a variety of themed activities for grades 2-6 that can be built into the reading program."

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Teacher Librarian

"A sequel to Stories Never Ending (2004), this volume follows the same pattern of offering fiction, nonfiction, activities, creative crafts, drama, games, and puzzles related to 10 different themes, for example, Welcome to the Middle Ages and A Glimpse of Tropical Rainforests. A nice feature is the way each chapter has separate sections for programs in school libraries and public libraries, reflecting the fact that programming needs might be different….[t]he ideas are so interesting that it's a pleasure to read through the book, and the programs may encourage children to read beyond their levels. Every library serving children should own and use this invaluable resource."

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Booklist/Professional Reading

School Library Journal
A companion to Stories NeverEnding (Libraries Unlimited, 2004), this title is divided into 10 thematic chapters that offer programming ideas for children in grades two to six. Each chapter includes an introduction to the subject, a list of related titles, a program for school use, and one for public library use. While this book holds many creative ideas, its inconsistent organization and hazy focus leave much to be desired. The portion of each chapter dedicated to school programming, for example, is sometimes presented as a cohesive unit and other times as a jumping-off point or collection of ideas. The themes of the chapters themselves are scattered, bouncing from the Middle Ages to manners to biographies of children's book authors and illustrators. And, while Web sites are mentioned in a few isolated spots, there are no online resources listed in the chapter bibliographies. In attempting to reach both school and public libraries with a torrent of ideas and topics, this book has not fully delivered to either.-Jill Heritage Maza, Conn Elementary, Raleigh, NC Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781563089985
  • Publisher: Libraries Unlimited
  • Publication date: 11/28/2005
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

JAN IRVING is a full time writer and consultant in the field of children's literature and library services for children. She has been a librarian and children's library supervisor in Iowa, Kansas, and Colorado, conducted workshops and presented public addresses nationally, has been active in the American Library Association for twenty five years and is now a member of the Writers Place--an organization for readers and writers--in Kansas City, Missouri. In addition to her professional books, Jan writes poetry and children's books, and is exploring new genres for her writing and artistic skills. She lives in Overland Park, Kansas with her husband Bill who is also retired from the library profession.

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Table of Contents

1 Welcome to the Middle Ages 1
2 A glimpse of tropical rainforests 27
3 Animals down under 53
4 Egyptian mythology : a glimpse into eternity 73
5 Brains and bravery in folk literature 93
6 Child's play : creative dramatics and story theatre 111
7 Fantasy worlds 125
8 What's your story : biographies of children's writers and illustrators 141
9 In the know : manners for kids 155
10 Friends good and true 173
App Planning an author visit 185
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