Nonfiction in Motion: Connecting Preschoolers with Nonfiction Books through Movement

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An underutilized source for storytime programs, quality nonfiction books can help bridge the reading gap between preschool boys and girls; boys enjoy facts and "true stuff," and including these books in storytime helps boys see that reading can be fun.  Here, Dietzel-Glair spotlights a multitude of nonfiction titles published since 2005 that will engage young children's curiosity while activating learning through movement-based activities. A huge time-saver for storytime planners and presenters, and a useful collection development tool, this guide

  • identifies 200 quality nonfiction books suitable for preschoolers, all in print or easy to find, covering fun topics like animals, construction, and science;
  • includes recommended art, movement, music, and prop ideas for each book that will fire up children's imaginations;
  • shows how to incorporate the five practices for early literacy and offers other helpful storytime tips;
  • provides several outlines for art projects; and
  • features multiple indexes to aid in finding just the right title, author, or subject.

Using this book as a springboard for programming will ensure that storytime is a delightful, educational experience for children and adults alike.


Chapter 1    Animals
Chapter 2    Concepts
Chapter 3    Construction and Things That Go
Chapter 4    Science
Chapter 5    The World around Us

Appendix    Outlines for Art Projects

Index by Author
Index by Storytime Subject
Index by Title

Julie Dietzel-Glair

Julie Dietzel-Glair is a freelance writer and library consultant. Her books include Books in Motion: Connecting Preschoolers with Books through Art, Games, Movement, Music, Playacting, and Props and (as co-author) Get Real with Storytime: 52 Weeks of Early Literacy Programming with Nonfiction and Poetry. She uses her years of experience as a children’s librarian and assistant children’s services coordinator to provide training sessions for librarians and other early literacy providers. She is active in the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC).

”Several of the activities would be useful as an introduction to STEM concepts for youngsters. This would be a valuable resource for librarians new to the field or those just looking to spice up Truck or Zoo storytimes."
— Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

”This text provides a good starting place for storytime programmers who do not know where to begin to make the change in focus."
— Booklist

”A unique and important storytime resource. With the increase of the use of nonfiction or information reading in the Common Core and other curriculum standards, it is important that librarians develop storytime customers’ love for this type of material as well as for literature … The best tool is the Index of Storytime Subjects, which enables the librarian to open the book, look up a storytime theme, find a nonfiction book, and select one of the activities to plug into the storytime—all within a few minutes. This is a must-purchase resource for any public or school library that hosts preschool storytimes.”