**NOTE: THIS IS THE FIRST IN A SERIES OF POSTS HIGHLIGHTING RESOURCES AVAILABLE FOR LIBRARIANS WORKING WITH SPANISH-SPEAKING FAMILIES. EVENTUALLY, EACH OF THESE SITES WILL BE INCLUDED ON THEIR OWN PAGE ON THIS SITE FOR EASY ACCESS.**
[Ed. Note: We are thrilled to share this post by Saroj Ghoting, noted Early Literacy Storytime expert. What do YOU do in your storytimes to encourage parent participation? Please share in the comments.]
How to Teach a Slug to Read by Susan Pearson is a humorous look at the importance of rhyme, vocabulary, print awareness and print motivation from a slug’s point of view. The charming illustrations make this book a must read for all librarians that do storytime!
Please share any new storytime delights you've discovered!
It's always great to have the same beginning and closing song or rhyme for your early literacy storytime. This provides a comforting sense of structure, familiarity and togetherness. "Ladybug" of Denver Public Library created a terrific and easy to learn closing song called "I'm a Book Baby!" that's appropriate for baby or toddler storytimes. You can hear her rendition at http://podcast.denverlibrary.org/category/Songs.
I've been thinking a lot about technology lately, especially as it may apply to storytime in the future. Will there come a time when we use our ipads to show our listeners the illustrations of a book, "swiping" our fingers across the screen to turn a page? I personally don't think that specific scenario is going to happen soon, but I do think technology could be integrated into storytime in an interesting and fun way. What do you think?
Once a month, Sharon Swingle, a preschool teacher in Ashland Virginia, brings her class of preschoolers to their local library. She began the visits several years earlier because she "wants to instill in the children a love for reading and a comfort level with the way the library works." The children hear stories read aloud, but then, best of all, are able to choose their own books to check out and take back to the center.