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Early Literacy Tip - Language Development

I love it when I come across a great picture book with rare words in it to share in storytime. Whenever I've finished a book with great vocabulary, I like to give parents this tip: "I love that book because it has such great words in it. Reading to your child is a wonderful way to build vocabulary, and picture books often feature rare words children won't necessarily hear in everyday conversation."

Engaging with Children Outside of Storytime

The more I get to know the children who frequent my library, especially those under the age of 5, the more I like to engage them in conversation.

Early Literacy Tip - Singing When You're Not a Singer

I did not grow up in a singing family. When I started doing storytimes, the constant amount of singing--especially in baby and toddler times--was probably the most difficult part of storytime to get used to. Now, I'm happy to say, singing is one of my favorite parts of storytime. I love seeing children become more confident with the songs we sing and the hand motions that go with them as they come to storytime week after week--it's great to watch their knowledge grow!

Bringing Sign Language into Storytime


Early Literacy Tip When a Book Isn't Working

Occasionally in storytime, a book just doesn't work. Maybe it's a new one that doesn't read to the group as well as you thought it would. Maybe it's an old favorite, but everyone has a case of the group wiggles and no one is paying attention.

De-Stress and Build Early Literacy




Winter Snow Stories

It's the season for snow stories, one of my favorite themes of the year, it's actually hard for me to pick just 4 books to share with each story hour!

Welcome - Try creating a routine by using the same song, rhyme or finger play to start each story time meeting. Like this one using your hands . . . 

Open, shut them

Open, shut them

Give a little - clap, clap, clap

Open, shut them

New Bell Awards Webinar December 11th!

The end of the year is fast approaching which means the first Bell Awards announcements are not far behind! Would you like to learn more about the Bell Awards and how this new CLEL initiative supports early literacy and dovetails with public library Every Child Ready to Read-based outreach and programming efforts?

Lessons From SPELL Webinar

Please join us for this upcoming webinar:

Early Literacy Tip - Nursery Rhymes

I love nursery rhymes, and like that they are a core part of our toddler, baby, and preschool storytimes. I like to share this tip with parents to help them understand the importance of nursery rhymes: "Nursery rhymes are a great way to help your child learn language and new vocabulary in a silly, fun way. Studies have shown that children who are acquainted with nursery rhymes early in life have greater success in reading and spelling when they get to school."

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