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Building a Core Print Collection for Preschoolers
Alan R. Bailey
Item Number: 978-0-8389-1219-5
Publisher: ALA Editions
Price: $57.00
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160 pages
6" x 9"
ISBN-13: 978-0-8389-1219-5
Year Published: 2014
AP Categories: A, B, C, D, G, H, Z
Since children develop the critical language and early reading skills necessary to enter kindergarten between birth and age five, reading aloud is one of the most influential steps librarians, teachers, parents, and caregivers can take to foster preschoolers’ literacy skills. Early exposure to books heavily influences vocabulary knowledge, which in turn improves later reading skills and helps foster lifelong literacy. Highlighting more than 300 birth-kindergarten titles, Bailey offers
  • A hand-picked selection of quality books adeptly chosen to help develop crucial literacy skills such as expressive and receptive language, expanded vocabularies, narrative skills, print awareness, the ability to understand written language, awareness of story structure, alphabetic knowledge, and phonological sensitivity
  • Thorough annotation of each title, including a full bibliographic record, a short summary, and journal reviews
  • Chapters organized by type of book, from primary skills books, wordless picture books, and rhyming books to toy and movable books
  • A list of additional resources helpful for building a core collection
Valuable for regular use by caregivers as well as for collection development, this book spotlights hundreds of titles that are engaging and fun for reader and preschooler alike.
Table of Contents


Chapter 1
Primary Skills Books
  • Alphabet
  • Colors
  • Counting
  • Shapes
  • Spatial and Opposites
Chapter 2
Wordless Picture Books

Chapter 3
Rhyming Books

Chapter 4
Nursery Rhymes

Chapter 5
Fingerplays and Action Rhymes

Chapter 6
Board Books

Chapter 7
Toy and Movable Books

Chapter 8
Resources for Building a Core Collection
  • Early Literacy
  • Fingerplays and Action Rhymes
  • Review Sources
  • Booklists
  • Evaluation Tools
Index of Authors, Illustrators, and Titles

About the Author

Over his 29-year career as a professional librarian, Alan R. Bailey has served as a public school librarian, a branch manager of a public library, and has worked in community college and university libraries. For more than 17 of those years, he has been directly responsible for developing collections for young children. He currently serves as associate professor and education curriculum librarian in the Teaching Resources Center at East Carolina University’s J. Y. Joyner Library. He has served multiple terms as a member of the Coretta Scott King Book Awards Jury and has reviewed books for the “Children’s Literature Review” column in Language Arts, the journal of the Elementary Section of the National Council of Teachers of English.

"The book is clear and concise, and Bailey's selection strategy well documented and easy to follow ... Recommended for elementary school, public, and academic libraries that support early childhood education and library school programs."

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