A Year in the Story Room: Ready-to-Use Programs for Children

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Preparing storytime programs can devour the time of the even the most experienced children's librarians, especially when several different age groups must be taken into account. Infants and toddlers, pre-readers, and emergent readers all have different needs, and who has time to dig through a multitude of resources to gather suitable programming materials? Roginski offers the perfect solution with this all-in-one planner for young children, providing everything needed for a year's worth of story room fun. Filled with ready-to-use programs for winter, spring, summer and fall on themes children know and love, this handy volume

  • Presents materials perfectly tailored to each group, including ideas for infants, traditional story programs for children toddling toward kindergarten, and book clubs for emergent readers
  • Gives easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions for each program, with suggested books, poems, activities, sound recordings, craft ideas, printable patterns, supply lists, and more
  • Features a special section on guiding children from reading along to reading alone, and other transitional programs

Librarians can take this amazingly useful resource right into the story room to encourage fun and learning the whole year round. Check out this book's Web Extra now!

  Introduction Chapter 1 Littlest Learners: Programs for Babies Chapter 2Toddling into Kindergarten: Twenty-four Adaptable Themes to Capture this Audience All Year Long 

Fall ThemesApples and PumpkinsCatsColorsFarmsMonkeys and JunglesSweetsWinter ThemesBirthdays and Months of the YearColds and SneezesDogsSnow and SnowmenValentine's Day and LoveWinter Clothes: Hats and MittensSpring ThemesEaster and BunniesFlowersFood and EatingFrogsGardening and VegetablesWater and RainSummer ThemesBath TimeBugsConstruction and ToolsFish and FishingPicnicsZoos

 Chapter 3 Young Readers: A Book Club That Transitions from Storytime to Book Club Discussion 

Fall TitlesApples to OregonI Lost My Tooth in AfricaJust a DreamRoom on the BroomThank You SarahToo Many PumpkinsWinter TitlesMoi and Marie AntoinetteNo Roses For HarryThe Princess and the PizzaRocks in His HeadSnowflake BentleyStrega NonaSpringLetters From a Desperate DogMy Great Aunt ArizonaNora's ArkPiggie PieThe Rainbow FishTeammatesSummerLyle, Lyle CrocodilePlayers in PigtailsVelma Gratch and the Way Cool Butterfly

 Chapter 4Special Features: An Evening Program for Every Season 

Fall: Teddy Bear Tea PartyWinter: It's a Parachute PartySpring: Cinco de Mayo CelebrationSummer: Popsicles in the Park

 Appendix A Baby and Me: Rhyme SheetsAppendix B Toddling into Kindergarten: Sample Opening and Closing SequenceAppendix C Wish ListAppendix D Young Readers: Parent LetterAppendix E Young Readers: Glass Jar Reminder to Parents Bibliography

Dawn R. Roginski

Dawn R. Roginski is currently the early childhood outreach librarian at Medina County (Ohio) District Library. She visits more than 25 preschools, daycares, and Head Start classrooms every month where she shares her love of children's books and enriches the early literacy skills of more than 600 children. Formerly, she was the children's librarian at the Chagrin Falls and Garfield Heights Branches of Cuyahoga County (Ohio) Public Library. During her ten-year career at CCPL, she conducted hundreds of storytimes for children of all ages.

"Includes original ideas to inspire even the experienced programmer … Particularly unique is the section on programming for emerging readers. The author is appreciative of a child's ability to discuss a story even if he is not a skilled reader. Suggestions for book clubs which develop a child's confidence through multiple senses are especially helpful. Appendices include rhyme sheets and model texts of reminders and policy statements for colleagues and parents. The bibliography and index are extensive."
— School Library Journal

"I was very impressed with this guidebook. It would be useful for a new children's librarian as a structure for activities. At the same time, it would stimulate new ideas for a veteran. The variety of books is impressive, the games look like great fun, and the lists of materials will make it easy for any librarian to organize the story session. A wonderful resource."
— Catholic Library World

"In a previous life I spent eight years running a weekly storytime session, and how I wish this book had been available then - how much better my sessions would have been and how much time I would have saved! [It] contains everything you could need to run a successful story time, as well as much you may have thought you did not need."
— Australian Library Journal