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5 Practices in Storytime - SING


What can we do in storytime to model singing and build early literacy skills?

5 Practices in Storytime - READ


What does reading look like in storytime? Reading looks like reading!

BUT we also model reading when we:

5 Practices

Learning to read begins at birth. Brain connections are made when babies hear the sound of their parents’ voices and see the black-and-white images of their first board books. Parents, caregivers and librarians can reinforce and grow these connections through five practices that will help a child develop the foundation upon which a reader is built.  These activities, practiced regularly, will help a child develop the six early literacy skills and be prepared to learn to read:

Early Literacy Storytime Videos for Libraries

Saroj Ghoting, at the request of the Library of Virginia in support of an online class, created a series of videos explaining what early literacy tips in storytime are, and showing how to present them to parents in storytime. Here, she demonstrates the difference between and effective early literacy aside and one that is ineffective:


Job Opening: Library Program Associate; Denver Public Library

Denver Public Library is currently accepting applications for a full-time Library Program Associate in the Early Literacy Department of the Children's Library. Please note that the deadline for applying is THIS FRIDAY, JUNE 22.

What are your favorite NEW storytime books?

May has arrived and my thoughts turn to....NEW STORYTIME BOOKS! I'm fortunate enough that in May I get to give each of the children in the preschools I visit a new book to keep (thanks to our library foundation) but that leaves me less time for storytime. So I generally go themeless, and plan simply to share some great NEW books with the kids. Here are some of the new ones I've found and am loving:

Preschoolers Get Big Benefit from Teachers Making One Small Change

Researchers have found that preschoolers whose teachers who make small references to print while reading aloud to children (pointing out letters or words, running finger under words from left to right, etc.) show increased reading skills later when compared to children whose teachers do not. This is a small change for teachers that pays in huge dividends. We can (and do) do this in storytime as well! Read more about the study in this article from Science Daily.

Use Props for Singing

Most of us do not have the best singing voices.  Yet, we still sing with kids at storytime!  Childhood 101 has a great article about how to use props to help when singing with children.  So, just ignore the fact that you can't carry a tune and SING ON with a little help from some props.

How Puppets in Storytime Help Develop Early Literacy Skills

Do you use puppets in storytime? I do; I bring a different "friend" for each storytime theme who comes out to help introduce our stories. He/she/it then sits down to enjoy storytime with the kids.

DON'T FORGET! World Read Aloud Day is TOMORROW!

What are you doing to celebrate World Read Aloud Day tomorrow? I'm reading to preschoolers - and although that's what I do every day, tomorrow it will be extra special, as people everywhere read aloud to children in an effort to develop literacy practices in vulnerable communities. This is just one of the efforts sponsored by LitWorld, a non-profit organization working to build literacy skills around the world. From their website:

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