Move, Play, Learn: Interactive Storytimes with Music, Movement, and More

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Foreword by Jamie Campbell Naidoo

Get ready to break out of your storytime routine by encouraging children’s natural instincts to move, sing, and play! Unlike traditional storytimes, where children are expected to sit quietly and just watch, music and movement storytimes encourage children to learn by getting inside stories while interacting with others. Research shows that this kind of play stimulates the senses, provides connections to all four lobes of the brain, touches on a variety of intelligences, and heightens social and emotional awareness—all while extending the early literacy practices of Every Child Ready to Read® and preparing children for school. And because there are no crafts to cut out, no snacks to pack, no scripts to memorize, and no story kits to make, it’s one of the simplest, most cost-effective storytime models to implement. Jewell’s complete guide shows the way, offering

  • 20 ready-to-use storytime plans tailored to specific age groups, including babies, toddlers, preschool and all-ages programs, a real time-saver for storytime organizers and presenters;
  • advice and best practices gleaned from interviews with professionals who specialize in storytimes, music making with children and families, yoga storytime, and drama education; and
  • lists of recommended resources, from interactive print books to children’s music and videos available digitally, with tips on choosing the best materials.

Children’s librarians and educators will be delighted to learn that anyone can lead a movement and music storytime, regardless of their level of experience with music or movement, with this book in hand.

Foreword: Shake It, Alyssa, Cheki: Moving and Shaking at Your Library, by Jamie Campbell Naidoo

Part I    Movement and Music Storytime
Chapter 1    An Overview of Movement and Music Storytime
Chapter 2    Music, Movement, and Early Learning
Chapter 3    Designing Movement and Music Storytime
Chapter 4    Material Selection
Chapter 5    Leading Movement and Music Storytime

Part II    Resource Materials
Chapter 6    Infant Movement and Music Storytime
Chapter 7    Toddler Movement and Music Storytime
Chapter 8    Preschool Movement and Music Storytime
Chapter 9    All-Ages Movement and Music Storytime

Recommended Resources
Subject Index

Alyssa Jewell

Alyssa Jewell is a musician and children’s library specialist from Birmingham, Alabama. Before entering the library world, she graduated from Emerson College with a degree in theatre education and a minor in psychology. She is certified to teach grades K–12 and has taught theater, music, and movement in a variety of educational settings. She has also cowritten three musicals for young audiences and four indie rock albums.