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Transforming Preschool Storytime: A Modern Vision and a Year of Programs
Betsy Diamant-Cohen and Melanie A. Hetrick
Item Number: 978-1-55570-805-4
Publisher: ALA Neal-Schuman
Price: $55.00
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336 pages
8.5" x 11"
ISBN-13: 978-1-55570-805-4
Year Published: 2013
AP Categories: A

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According to recent research, the best way to make new connections in a child’s brain is by building on something already known. A child who loves a book will listen to it repeatedly, maintaining interest. Using a selected book in a number of consecutive preschool storytimes, but presenting it differently each time, can help children learn new skill sets. This book presents a new approach to storytime, one that employs repetition with variety to create an experience which helps children connect and engage with the story on a higher level. Diamant-Cohen, recently awarded the 2013 ASCLA Leadership and Professional Achievement Award, and Hetrick offer a year’s worth of activities specifically designed to address multiple intelligences through a repetition-based process. Incorporating recent theories on developmental learning, this book includes
  • Scripts for 8 different books, with enough activities to repeat each one for six weeks, along with lists of optional alternative books
  • Planning aids such as outlines of storytime sessions, a fill-in-the-blanks planning sheet, questions for evaluation, and tips for enhanced storytimes using props and crafts 
  • Detailed but straightforward explanations of theory and research that will help readers communicate effectively with parents, caregivers, and other stakeholders
From setup to execution, here’s everything you need to create and implement a successful, elevated storytime.

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About the Authors

Dr. Betsy Diamant-Cohen is the Early Childhood Specialist at Port Discovery children's museum in Baltimore, Maryland. She developed the award-winning Mother Goose on the Loose® early literacy program, which won the Godfrey Award for excellence in public library programming, and in 2004 was named a Mover & Shaker by Library Journal. She earned her doctorate in communications design from the University of Baltimore and her master’s degree in library science from Rutgers. She enjoys traveling around the country to give training workshops. She was awarded the 2013 ASCLA Leadership and Professional Achievement Award.

Melanie Hetrick is the children’s librarian in Tillamook County, Oregon. She focuses on early literacy, reading difficulties, and learning differences in children. Her other passion in life is collection development. While at work, Hetrick can often be found in storytimes. She also enjoys working with teachers, tackling summer reading, and finding books for kids who swear they have read everything or don’t want to read anything.

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"Drawing on research about how children learn, Diamant-Cohen and Hetrick propose a new model for storytime: one where repetition is built into the structure of ongoing programs so that children can build on what they have learned. It sounds like a simple concept, but the key is to provide repetition in context, with enough variety to keep children engaged and allow them to approach the same material from multiple angles … Whether you’re a librarian who is new to the idea of an anchor text in your storytimes, or a preschool teacher who uses the concept regularly, you are sure to find lots of inspiration here!"
--Storytime Stuff

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