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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.

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

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."

Thanksgiving Stories

Welcome - Try a creating a routine by repeating the same song, rhyme or finger play each time you meet!

Story 1 - The Thanksgiving Door by Debby Atwell

Finger Play - Five Little Pilgrims

Early Literacy Tip for Baby Storytime

We always sing our opening song twice in baby storytime, and before we sing it the second time, I like to say, "We do a lot of repetition in baby storytime. Developing brains need lots of repetition to set neural connections. Children love reading their favorite books and singing their favorite songs over and over again, and it's a critical part of their brain development. Let's sing it again!"

Thanksgiving Early Literacy Tip

This week's early literacy tip is Thanksgiving themed, and is great to use in your Thanksgiving storytimes. It comes from Andrea at the Clearview Library District:

Classics as Board Books


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