November 22, 2017

The Advocate's Toolbox

Show Me a Sign, Baby! Preverbal Kids and Sign Language

Baby sign language improves preverbal communication—and it’s a fun way to bond with children.

This article was published in School Library Journal's July 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Kid Magnets: Little Ones Love AWE and Hatch Early Learning Programs

These literacy-themed computer terminals feature digital games, storytelling programs, and more.

This article was published in School Library Journal's July 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Get Quacking: A Rubber Ducky Club Encourages 1,000 Early Learning Moments

The program at Bethlehem Public Library in Delmar, NY, is designed to feel less daunting than 1,000 books before kindergarten early literacy programs.

This article was published in School Library Journal's July 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Storytime: A Classic Library Service Boosts Literacy and More, Studies Show

Storytimes in libraries and other community learning opportunities are viewed as critical components of young children’s preparation to enter school.

This article was published in School Library Journal's July 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

3 Professional Reading Titles To Boost Literacy

Tips for strengthening literacy through games, maker spaces, and reading and writing exercises.

This article was published in School Library Journal's May 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Guided by Meaning in Primary Literacy: Libraries, Reading, Writing, and Learning by Joyce Carroll, Kelly Barger, Karla James & Kristy Hill | SLJ Review

CARROLL, Joyce, Kelly Barger, Karla James, & Kristy Hill. Guided by Meaning in Primary Literacy: Libraries, Reading, Writing, and Learning. 297p. chart. illus. index. photos. Libraries Unlimited. Feb. 2017. Tr $39.94. ISBN 9781440843983.

A practical and important book on supporting early literacy in schools and libraries with lessons in writing and reading. The title’s most crucial arguments are that literacy (and, for that matter, anything) should resonate with those we teach and that “brain research has supported meaningful instruction […]

Ex-Cop Tackles Literacy Decline in Appleton, WI

A police-officer-turned-librarian uses her skills to target a community’s early-learning deficit.

This article was published in School Library Journal's April 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Wearable Tech May Build Babies’ Budding Vocabularies | First Steps

A surprise discovery of a “word pedometer” at ALA Midwinter inspires an early literacy experiment.

This article was published in School Library Journal's March 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Titles for a Tune-Filled Bilingual Storytime | Libro por libro

As with children’s books for, by, or about Latinos, the market for children’s music in Spanish has been mostly overlooked. Here are a few new and not-so-new wonderful titles.

This article was published in School Library Journal's July 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Innovative Outreach To Help the Youngest Learners

Librarians around the country are showing ingenuity and resolve in early learning outreach. Lisa G. Kropp reports.

When Librarians Teach Teachers

Public librarians are training early learning professionals in a range of literacy-boosting skills, from in-depth professional development to puppetry.

This article was published in School Library Journal's July 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Multicultural Literature for Latino Children, Early Literacy, and Storytelling | Professional Reading

This month’s professional reading titles include global offerings for storytellers, a primer on developing literacy skills, and more.

This article was published in School Library Journal's May 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Tech and the Race to Read: the Case for Early Literacy

A Houston library services specialist finds that the addition of technology motivates learning, helping both students and teachers overcome the challenges of low reading achievement.

The Best Early-Learning Blogs | First Steps

Blogs about flannelboards, rhymes, and creative play are among Lisa Kropp’s top picks.

This article was published in School Library Journal's March 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

The Digital Wild West of Apps Is an Opportunity for Librarians

Being able to accurately size up language and literacy apps for young children isn’t easy in today’s online environment. Yet it is a crucial service, one that librarians are uniquely suited to provide.

Bringing Fred Rogers Forward

The Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media carries on the life work of this beloved educational icon.

This article was published in School Library Journal's July 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Rx Read: Perri Klass and Reach Out and Read at Bellevue Hospital

The Manhattan hospital’s far-reaching implementation of this early literacy initiative, in which pediatricians hand out books to babies and young children during checkups, is changing lives.

This article was published in School Library Journal's October 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Slideshow: Ohio Early Learning Conference | Fostering Lifelong Learners 2014

On September 19, the Cuyahoga County (OH) Public Library hosted the Fostering Lifelong Learners conference presented by SLJ and sister publication The Horn Book with Robert Needlman proclaiming tears, Kevin Henkes talking about his children being “built by books,” and Case Western University’s Robert Fischer talking big data.

Texas Superintendent Adopts Digitized Early Learning Program

Using a community-wide digital reading program, Superintendent Ruben Alejandro of Texas’s Weslaco Independent School District has made literacy a priority for not only his school district, but for all kids in the community ages zero to three.

Incorporating Every Child Ready to Read in Bilingual Storytimes | Libro por libro

To celebrate the recent Spanish-language launch of the early literacy initiative, Every Child Ready to Read, Libro por libro has selected kid-friendly bilingual and Spanish titles that work well with each of the five practices: talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing.

This article was published in School Library Journal's July 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.