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The renowned authority on library services for the very youngest patrons has done it again! Linda Ernst has created programming based on the most important findings in babies' brain development. This new resource is full of activities that stimulate infants' and toddlers' cognitive, physical, and emotional growth.

In this versatile book and CD-ROM package, you'll find book ideas, rhymes, songs and music, props, and more that can be combined to form hundreds of hours of quality programming that will wow parents, educators, and caregivers. The CD-ROM contains lyrics, patterns, forms, and posters that can be adapted and easily reproduced. In addition, the book contains suggestions for scheduling, room arrangement, and parent education. Now your programming for babies and infants can strengthen their language acquisition and motor-skill development... and connect your library with families right from the start!

  Preface AcknowledgmentsIntroduction  PART I BABY RHYMING TIME BASICS 1. Understanding How Baby Learns How the Brain Works Influences on Brain Development Developmental Milestones How Learning Takes Place Print Resources for Further Information Electronic Resources for Further Information  2. Meeting the Cast The Family—Adult and Very Young Child Child Care Providers and Early Childhood Educators The Librarian/Presenter Support Staff Print Resources for Further Information Electronic Resources for Further Information  3. Setting the Stage Facilities Collections Staffing Programming Outreach Funding Resources for Toys, Furniture, and Other Supplies Resources for Planning In-House Services Resources for Funding and PartnershipsElectronic Resources for Funding and Partnerships  4. Finding Answers: Baby Rhyming Time FAQs Organization Format Materials Other Concerns Resources  5. Creating Successful Story Times Room Arrangement Format Outlines Guidelines for Participants Resources  PART II BABY RHYMING TIME PROGRAMS 6. Books That Work Print Resources for Further Information Electronic Resources for Further Information Sources for "Big Books"  7. Rhymes and More Rhymes Teaching Rhymes Orally Teaching Rhymes Visually Rhymes and Directions Programming Resources  8. Music That Works Recordings and Videos Print Resources Web Sites Major Distributors  9. Great Programming Enhancement Ideas Activities (Free Dance, Reading, Art, etc.)Props Rhythm Instruments Scarves and Streamers Sign Language Resources  10. A Dozen Ready-to-Go Programs Programs for Newborn to 12 Months Programs for 12 to 24 Months Program Outlines Resources  11. More Programming Ideas Books by ThemeRhymes by Type  12. Handouts, Displays, and Signs Handouts Displays Signs Info Bites Resources  Appendix: Sample Program Handouts Resources  Rhyme, Fingerplay, and Song Title Index Picture Book Title Index Picture Book Author Index General Index  About the Author

Linda L. Ernst

Linda L. Ernst has been a children's librarian for more than 30 years. Actively serving very young children and their caregivers has been an important part of her job and one of the most enjoyable ones. Just as parents are encouraged to keep it simple and start early to expose their children to the world of language and literature, Ernst offers assistance in applying this knowledge to the areas of library service and programming for very young children. She has given training workshops for the King County Library, Seattle Public Library, Everett Public Library, and the Sno-Isle Library System in Washington. She has also given workshops in Kentucky, Michigan, San Francisco, and Scottsdale, Arizona. Conference programs include the Pennsylvania Library Association and the Washington Library Association. She has guided and encouraged adults to discover, develop, and to share the early literacy experience with very young children. The Children's and Young Adult Services Interest Group of the Washington Library Association awarded Ernst the 2004 CAYAS Award for Visionary Library Service to Youth. Ernst has served as chair of the Early Childhood Programs and Services Committee for the Association for Library Service to Children and was a member of the 2007 Caldecott Award committee.

"This useful resource provides background, logistics and a wealth of practical ideas for programs ... This could be an invaluable tool for library staff just getting started, and even experienced presenters will find many new ideas and thoughtful perspectives."--School Library Journal  "This is a must for all librarians working with 0-24 month-old children ... Whether you are a newcomer to programming for babies or not, Ms Ernst's new book can contribute much to your work ... Baby Rhyming Time is a complete resource for creating excellent programs for babies and young toddlers. Highly recommended."--Catholic Library World