Join the world of balloons, pancakes, and musical instrumentsjust a few items that can help to improve early literacy in the library, in the classroom, and at home. Literacy builders covered range from music and instruments to magnetic letters, alphabet beads, and even food.
• Teaches librarians how to use storytimes to build literacy skills in pre-readers of all ages
• Outlines all of the steps necessary to carry out pre-literacy storytimes, displays, and outreach activities with photos, examples, and instructions for librarians and families
• Offers ideas for using inexpensive "doodads," especially those including letters of the alphabet, to build literacy skills
• Details how the musical and nonmusical can add musical elements to storytime to improve literacy
• Provides tips for engaging caretakers in storytime so that children may continue learning at home
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)|
About the Author
Kathy Barco is a freelance library consultant, having retired as literacy coordinator at Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Library System. Her book READiscover New Mexico: A Tri-Lingual Adventure in Literacy won a 2008 New Mexico Book Award.
Melanie Borski-Howard is currently a youth services specialist at the Boulder Public Library, in Boulder, Colorado, where she leads four to five storytimes a week and stars in the monthly television show Read With Us.
What People are Saying About This
"Finally, an early literacy manual that is not just a list of books, but a how-to guide with practical, useful ideas to pair with new books and beloved storytime favorites. The conversational style of the manual makes me feel like I am sitting in my living room swapping storytime and program ideas with the authors. This is a manual for everyoneno fancy degree or years of experience required to use or understand it."
"As an educator, hooking individuals of all levels on literacy is my highest priority. When the world of reading opens up and sparks a fire inside, my job is accomplished. I can hardly wait to use many of the ideas in this book as kindling!"
"These inspired book zealots make their creative, brilliant, practical approaches to literacy as easy as ABC. A fun must-have for anyone sharing books with children."
"What a great resource! The authors are passionate about their subjectmaking reading fun. I can't imagine a better way to bring books alive."
"Barco and Borski-Howard have written a winning, diverse, creative, and tested early literacy guide! Their commitment to literacy as a fun-filled activity for librarians to capture children's hearts and minds is evident throughout this amusing DIY book. Presenting essential tips based on the authors' professional experiences, it is also a great reference for the beginner or the burned-out early literacy librarian."
"Storytime and Beyond is unique in scope, and the authors' enthusiasm shines through in every word. I would recommend this resource to new youth librarians and literacy coaches, but the coverage of alphabet books, props, and musical storytimes make it just as valuable for established professionals. This book puts decades of storytime and early literacy experience at your fingertips."