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Online Resources for Planning Baby Storytimes

Online Resources for Planning Baby Storytimes

Here are a few Internet resources on baby storytimes, including general overviews, blogs that post plans for baby storytime, and several lists of good books for babies.

For reference books, see Resource Books for Baby Storytimes.

Getting Started

The Day the Babies Crawled to the Library: Developing a Lapsit Program
Great article in the New Mexico State Library Youth Services Newsletter by Youth Services Librarian Rebecca Donnelly

How to Do a Lapsit Storytime
Tips, sample storytimes, resources, and decisions to make for baby storytimes, from the State Library of Iowa

Babies' Lap Time
Tips, theme ideas, sample storytimes, resources, plus ideas for getting started and working with parents, from librarian Kate McDowell

5 Essentials for a Great Baby Storytime
One mom's opinion!

Sample Handouts and Brochures
Materials for caregivers, from the Poudre River Public Library

Repetition in Lapsit Programs 3-1-08
Baby Storytime Compilation 3-11-09
More Baby Storytime Ideas! 3-12-09
Ideas from baby storytime providers on the PUBYAC listserv


Baby Storytime Plans

Lapsit Storytime
Several baby storytime plans, irregularly updated by the Allentown (PA) Public Library

Baby Storytime Plans
Baby storytime plans sorted by early literacy skill, from The Garret Room

Mother Goose Modules
Baby storytime plans sorted by theme, from Kids Count in Public Libraries, a sharing resource for libraries in New South Wales, Australia

Storytime with Miss Brianna
Storytime blog with plans sorted by age and by theme, from an Arizaona youth services paraprofessional 

Mel's Desk
Baby storytime plans, with early litearcy tips; description of her baby storytimes and why she uses themes; from CLEL member Melissa Depper

Great Books for Babies

Great for Baby Storytimes!
Baby Storytime
Baby Storytime

Four lists on GoodReads

Baby Storytime Books
A list on WorldCat

Books for Babies
A 2006 handout on the PLA's Every Child Ready to Read site

Best Books for Babies
An annual list of great books for the youngest children, selected by Beginning with Books.

What to Read at Baby Storytime
What to Read at Baby Storytime #2
Annotated lists on blog posts from Abby (the) Librarian

Baby Storytime Board Book Compilation 4-27-09
Book ideas from baby storytime providers on the PUBYAC listserv

A blog that reviews board books and novelty books for the youngest listeners!

Not an online list, but a great resource:
Reading with Babies, Toddlers, and Twos: Choosing, Reading, and Loving Books Together. by K J Dell'Antonia and Susan Straub. 2006. 
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