Storytimes for Everyone! Developing Young Children's Language and Literacy

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Recognizing that informed, caring adults are critical to supporting early literacy development, Storytimes for Everyone! builds on the concepts introduced in the second edition of the Every Child Ready to Read® initiative to offer practical suggestions for incorporating early literacy information and strategies into the storytime setting. Early literacy experts Ghoting and Martin-Díaz, coauthors of the best-selling Early Literacy Storytimes @ your library® demonstrate how parents and caregivers, children with their eyes and minds wide open, and the storytime presenter can come together to create a storytime that is informative and, most of all, fun. Presenting a variety of songs, projects, and activities, their book

  • Explains how young children develop knowledge critical for reading comprehension
  • Discusses five vital storytime practices (singing, talking, reading, writing, and playing), which adults can be taught to use at home
  • Presents dozens of storytimes for babies/toddlers, twos, and preschoolers, that engage adults while keeping their children in focus
  • Addresses how young bilingual children acquire language, the use of science and math in storytimes, and other current research

This book can be used at the library, at home, or anywhere else storytimes take place.

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Saroj Nadkarni Ghoting

Saroj Nadkarni Ghoting, an early childhood literacy consultant, worked on the PLA/ ALSC initiative, Every Child Ready to Read @your library®. She implemented the program at Maryland's Montgomery County Public Library when she was early childhood services coordinator. A children's librarian since 1976, she stays in touch with public service by working at Neill Public Library (Pullman, WA) and Moscow (ID) Public Library. She received her MLS from Catholic University. Follow her on Twitter at @sghoting.

Pamela Martin-Diaz

Pamela Martin-Diaz is branch manager of the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Ind., where she was a major writer of an early literacy grant, funded by the Lilly Foundation, which established early learning centers in branches and purchased materials for parents to use with their young children to promote letter and sound awareness. She developed a set of cards called "Playing with Words on the Go!" designed to help children with phonological awareness as well as the game "Letter Play Sets" (available through Allen County Public Library), both of which help libraries incorporate early literacy in their story times. Pamela has presented workshops and seminars on early literacy in several venues, as well as presented numerous training sessions locally for Head Start and other early childhood providers.