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Storytime audiences grow ever more diverse, and it's important that the materials used in programs reflect that richness of experience. Multiculturalism need not be an occasional initiative attached to particular holidays. In this book best-selling authors MacMillan and Kirker offer a new paradigm for multicultural programs, one in which diversity is woven into any and every storytime, no matter what the topic. Arranged thematically around dozens of popular storytime themes, the authors

  • Present original and traditional resources from all over the world that will enrich storytimes for ages 2 through 5
  • Offer concrete book recommendations, fingerplays, and other activities that can be integrated into existing storytimes
  • Include download links for flannelboard and stick puppet patterns, and illustrations of American Sign Language signs

With numerous activities and programming suggestions, this book will seamlessly integrate and enhance cultural awareness for children all year round.

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Chapter 1    ABC Time
Chapter 2    Bath Time
Chapter 3    Bedtime
Chapter 4    Big and Little
Chapter 5    Birds
Chapter 6    Books and Libraries
Chapter 7    Brothers and Sisters
Chapter 8    Bugs and Insects
Chapter 9    Cats and Dogs
Chapter 10    Clothes
Chapter 11    Community Helpers
Chapter 12    Counting
Chapter 13    Fairy Tales
Chapter 14    Fall
Chapter 15    Family
Chapter 16    Farm Fun
Chapter 17    Fast and Slow
Chapter 18    Feelings
Chapter 19    Food
Chapter 20    Forest Animals
Chapter 21    Friends
Chapter 22    Frogs
Chapter 23    Gardens and Growing
Chapter 24    Hair
Chapter 25    Hands
Chapter 26    Hats
Chapter 27    Holidays and Celebrations
Chapter 28    Houses and Homes
Chapter 29    Jungle Animals
Chapter 30    Music and Dance
Chapter 31    My Body
Chapter 32    My Neighborhood
Chapter 33    Nature
Chapter 34    Parents
Chapter 35    Playtime
Chapter 36    School Days
Chapter 37    Shoes
Chapter 38    Shopping
Chapter 39    Spring
Chapter 40    Summer
Chapter 41    Transportation
Chapter 42    Under the Sea
Chapter 43    Weather
Chapter 44    Winter

Appendix A    Culture Notes and Index of Entries by Culture
Appendix B    Storytime Materials Celebrating Diversity
Appendix C    Further Resources for Storytime Planning



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Kathy MacMillan

Kathy MacMillan is a freelance writer and nationally certified American Sign Language interpreter. She is the author of Nita's First Signs (Familius Press), as well as the author or co-author of many books from ALA Editions, including Little Hands & Big Hands: Children and Adults Signing Together and the Storytime Magic series. She was the library/media specialist at the Maryland School for the Deaf from 2001 to 2005 and has worked in public libraries since 1996.  She presents storytelling programs introducing sign language through Stories By Hand and offers training and resources for enhancing storytimes through Storytime Stuff. Her debut young adult novel, Sword and Verse, was published by HarperCollins in 2016.

Christine M. Kirker

Christine M. Kirker is a library associate with the Carroll County (Maryland) Public Library. Since joining the library staff in 2005, Christine has developed and presented many programs for children of all ages, including monthly preschool science programs. She is the coauthor of Storytime Magic (ALA Editions, 2009), Kindergarten Magic (ALA Editions, 2011), and Multicultural Storytime Magic (ALA Editions, 2012). Previously, Christine spent ten years at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) as a research analyst for the Office of Institutional Research. She graduated from UMBC in 1992. Christine presents trainings and programs introducing ways to enhance storytimes through Storytime Stuff.

"The content, organization, and resources included in Multicultural Storytime Magic make it a useful tool for youth services librarians in public libraries or school librarians who serve preschoolers and kindergarteners. It will help librarians incorporate multicultural touches into their regular storytimes or put together an entire storytime dedicated to a specific culture or country. Highly recommended."
--The Idaho Librarian

"Both beginning storytellers and seasoned librarians can benefit from these fresh ideas."
--School Library Journal

"It can be difficult for busy librarians to source stories and songs from other cultures and in other languages and then to judge whether they are age appropriate for their client groups. Multicultural Storytime Magic does provide a very good range of themes with an excellent selection of age appropriate stories, songs and crafts with a multicultural flavor. The book really does offer 44 storytime themes which weave diversity into every topic. It would be a useful addition to the storytelling toolkits of school and public librarians. "
--Australasian Public Libraries and Information Services