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Baby Storytime Magic: Active Early Literacy Through Bounces, Rhymes, Tickles and More
Kathy MacMillan and Christine Kirker
Item Number: 978-0-8389-1216-4
Publisher: ALA Editions
Price: $52.00
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120 pages
8.5" x 11"
ISBN-13: 978-0-8389-1216-4
Year Published: 2014
AP Categories: A, C, G

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Whether you’ve been presenting baby storytimes for fifteen years or fifteen minutes, you probably already know that the first five years of life are key for brain development and early literacy. Many public libraries have instituted baby and toddler programs, but finding exciting materials for baby storytime that go beyond nursery rhymes can be a challenge. Baby Storytime Magic is a treasure trove of new and exciting ideas for programs, all of which revolve around themes from a baby’s world. Inside this resource you’ll find
  • Fingerplays, bounces, flannelboards, activities with props, songs, American Sign Language activities, and more, with items arranged by type of material
  • Tips for planning storytimes, with advice on logistical issues such as age grouping, scheduling, formats, and physical setup
  • Guidance on involving caregivers in baby storytimes, including suggested scripts for explaining the benefits of each activity and how to use it at home
  • Age-appropriate book recommendations
  • Information on the stages of early childhood development, plus an appendix of recommended additional resources
  • A thematic index to find the right storytime quickly
  • Links to full-sized, downloadable flannelboard patterns, craft patterns, and worksheets
Packed with ready-to-use activities, reducing prep time substantially, this book is a valuable early literacy tool for every children’s librarian.

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Table of Contents

Chapter One: Developing Brains, Developing Literacy
Chapter Two: Presenting Baby Storytime
Chapter Three: Books and Book Activities
Chapter Four: Rhymes and Songs
Chapter Five: Bounces and Movement Activities
Chapter Six: Tickles, Claps, and Taps
Chapter Seven: Storytelling with Flannelboards, Magnetboards, and Props
Appendix: Further Resources for Baby Storytime Planning
Works Cited
Index of Titles
Index of Activities by Subject

About the Authors

Kathy MacMillan is a freelance writer, American Sign Language interpreter, and storyteller. She is the author of Try Your Hand at This! Easy Ways to Incorporate Sign Language into Your Programs (Scarecrow Press, 2006), A Box Full of Tales (ALA Editions, 2008), and Little Hands and Big Hands: Children and Adults Signing Together (Huron Street Press, 2013), and coauthor of Storytime Magic (ALA Editions, 2009), Kindergarten Magic (ALA Editions, 2011), and Multicultural Storytime Magic (ALA Editions, 2012). She was the library/media specialist at the Maryland School for the Deaf from 2001 to 2005 and prior to that was a children’s librarian at Carroll County (Maryland) Public Library and Howard County (Maryland) Library, where she developed and presented hundreds of programs for all ages. She holds a Master of Library Science degree from the University of Maryland, College Park, and has been reviewing for School Library Journal since 1999. She presents American Sign Language programs and resources through Stories by Hand and offers storytime resources at Storytime Stuff.

Christine 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 integration of resources within the chapters, as well as an appendix of further resources for baby storytime planning, is of great value … this will be a go-to book time and again, for ideas, for planning, and for resources for any adult working with children under age 2, and sometimes older."

”What sets Baby Storytime Magic apart is that each suggested title is accompanied by a ‘literacy bit’ – this is a suggested script for the facilitator to use to explain to caregivers the benefits of a particular activity and how to use it at home. This provides empowerment for caregivers, as they then have tools and resources to assist their child(s) literacy development not only during the storytime/rhyme time session, but at home too. The caregivers also benefit from learning more about the stages of development and early literacy and how their interaction with their child assists with this development. This book is a smart purchase for any public library, early education center or professional providing activities for babies."
— Australian Library Journal

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