Crash Course in Library Services to Preschool Children

Diamant-Cohen's introductory volume is a basic compilation of the specific responsibilities, knowledge, and expertise required for beginning librarians or students enrolled in LIS coursework. In succinct, often summary-style paragraphs, a conceptualization of the preschooler's attributes and needs are outlined through aspects of early-childhood development and literacy education. A fairly thorough chapter contains programming possibilities and formats, including a sample generic storyhour plan. Chapters on readers' advisory and reference, room layout and furniture, policies and procedures, partnerships, and special events include information that applies to the general field of children's librarianship with ideas that can be transferred to service for very young children and their families. A chapter devoted to "special populations" rounds out this well-designed training manual and includes not just service for the challenged or special-needs child, but also for immigrant children who may be new English-language learners, children with parents in prison, and the homeless. A balanced reading list of professional materials and a short list of picture books are appended. The book is comprehensive, yet centered on the essential elements of this aspect of the profession.—Rita Soltan, Youth Services Consultant, West Bloomfield, MI

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