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July 28, 2014

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

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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.

Chaos in Your Children’s Section? Embrace It. | First Steps

Lisa G. Kropp

Mayhem, schmayhem. If your library’s children’s room is chaotic, it’s proof that the little ones are learning.

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

Friends 4 Ever: Picks for Preschool Storytime │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

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Friends come in all shapes and sizes. Sometimes a friendship seems unlikely because of different cultures or even species, but despite differences, a bond forms. The following are books, selected by Junior Library Guild editors, will be a hit in storytimes.

10 Tips for Adding STEM Concepts to Storytime

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The authors of Storytimes for Everyone: Developing Young Children’s Language and Literacy (ALA, 2013) provide guidance for incorporating science and math concepts into traditional storytimes.

Singing the Story: Musical Audiobook Read-alongs | Listen In

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Sharon Grover and Liz Hannegan explore the role singing plays in early literacy development and how audiobooks can be used to further this growth. From Janis Ian’s The Tiny Mouse to Simms Taback’s Joseph Had a Little Overcoat, these titles make excellent sing-along picks for preschool storytimes.

This article was published in School Library Journal's December 2013 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Secrets of Storytime: 10 Tips for Great Sessions from a 40-year Pro

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Storytime is the premium service for children in public libraries across the country. For many youth librarians, it’s the most treasured part of their job. A storytime veteran shares her best practices.

Pictures of the Week: Bedtime Math Pajama Party

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On June 24, the National Museum of Mathematics in New York City kicked off its first annual National Pajama Party Week with the book launch of Bedtime Math: A Fun Excuse to Stay Up Late (Fiewel and Friends) by Laura Overdeck, author and founder of the Bedtime Math nonprofit, an organization whose mission is to make nightly the math problem as common as the bedtime story. The event included math focused games for families and a book giveaway and signing by the author.

Why Can’t We Be Friends?: Tales of the Heart

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Filled with unlikely but enduring attachments, ostensibly incompatible Romeos and Juliets, and unexpected instances of true animal camaraderie, these books prove that affection can allow individuals to look beyond their differences and forge long-lasting bonds. Use these books to expand Valentine’s Day and friendship storytimes; tease out overarching themes; and initiate discussions of tolerance, compassion, and community.

Libraries Use iPads and Apps to Ramp Up Storytime, but Concerns Remain

Libraries Use iPads and Apps to Ramp Up Storytime, but Concerns Remain

In a shift occurring nationwide, libraries are conducting “digital storytime,” using apps in kids’ programs for education, entertainment, and involving parents in the learning process. But not everyone’s sold on the use of iPads, especially with very young children.

Why Offer Black Storytime? | First Steps

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Imagine that while interviewing for a library job you’re asked, “What would storytime specifically for African-American families look like to you?” That’s what happened to Kirby McCurtis. “I thought it was an especially interesting and challenging question,” says Kirby, who aced the interview and is now Multnomah County Library’s (MCL) newest African-American librarian. “It stayed with me even after the second interview. Now that I am working here, I have the opportunity to answer it every Saturday. It’s very exciting!”

ETots: a Public Library iPad Program for Preschoolers

Children’s services librarian Cindy Wall documents what she learned in presenting an iPad program for her youngest users —one and two year olds.

Mind Readers: Thinking Out Loud Can Raise Children’s Comprehension Skills

It’s toddler storytime: let the rumpus begin! Toddlers bound quickly into the room. One hurdles mom’s legs while waiting for the opening song. Some hop, others roam, and a few practically climb our unflappable colleague Janie. Even after getting most of their wiggles out, many toddlers continue to float around the room—until Janie begins to read one of her favorite books, Owl Babies (Candlewick, 1996) by Martin Waddell.