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Library Services from Birth to Five: Delivering the Best Start
edited by Carolynn Rankin and Avril Brock
Item Number: 978-1-78330-008-2
Publisher: Facet Publishing, UK
Price: $110.00
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224 pages
6" x 9"
ISBN-13: 978-0-78330-008-2
Year Published: 2015
Editors Rankin and Brock build on their groundbreaking book Delivering the Best Start to return to the subject of how libraries can be a pathway of opportunity for young children and their caregivers. Featuring contributions and case studies from innovators and experts around the world, this book speaks directly to children’s librarians to provide knowledge and understanding about early language and literacy development. Coverage includes
  • An examination of the key role of library practitioners who work with young children
  • The importance of effective interdisciplinary teamwork for professionals working with the early years
  • How to involve parents and caregivers by effectively demonstrating value for their culture, language, heritage and community
  • Practical guidance on setting up and running preschool library services, with suggested activities and tips to promote books
  • Ways to use digital media

Table of Contents

1. Take them to the library: the pathway of opportunity - Carolynn Rankin and Avril Brock
2. What you need to know about promoting early reading with young children from birth to five - Avril Brock and Carolynn Rankin
3. City of Literature … it all starts with ABCD! The City of Melbourne and the Abecedarian Approach - Paula Kelly
4. Transforming practice through research: evaluating the Better Beginnings family literacy programme - Caroline Barratt-Pugh and Nola Allen
5. People and partnerships, skills and knowledge - Carolynn Rankin and Avril Brock
6. Resources for early years libraries: books, toys and other delights - Carolynn Rankin and Avril Brock
7. Using digital media - Francesca de Freitas and Tess Prendergast
8. Using play to enhance early years literacy in babies and toddlers: ‘Read, Play and Grow’ at Brooklyn Public Library - Rachel Payne
9. Inclusive early literacy - Tess Prendergast
10. Music and rhyme-time sessions for the under-fives - Shelley Bullas and Ben Lawrence
11. Part 1:  Reaching your audience: the librarian’s role - Carolynn Rankin and Avril Brock
      Part 2: Country case studies
12. Successful library activities for the early years and ways to promote books effectively - Anne Harding
13. Designing family-friendly libraries for the early years - Carolynn Rankin and Rachel Van Riel
14. Planning: organizing projects and money matters in the early years library - Carolynn Rankin

About the Editors

Carolynn Rankin
is currently a Visiting Fellow in the Faculty of Arts, Environment, and Technology at Leeds Metropolitan University, UK. She worked as an information management specialist for 20 years before moving into professional education in 2000. She has interdisciplinary research interests, exploring the connections between civil society, social justice, and access to literacy and learning via libraries. Her current research projects include a longitudinal evaluation of the development of the Sister Libraries program for the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA). Her professional activities include the role of External Examiner for the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) Professional Registration Board, and Assessor for CILIP Accreditation for Learning Providers. She is a member of the IFLA Standing Committee Library Theory and Research Section.

Avril Brock has written several books in partnership with Carolynn Rankin on language, literacy and library services. She has recently published The Early Years Reflective Practice Handbook for early childhood educators. She has also written books and journal articles on play, professionalism, bilingualism and early language development. She has worked in higher education since 1989 at Bradford College and Leeds Metropolitan University, UK, after having been a deputy head, primary and early years teacher in West Yorkshire, often working with linguistically diverse children. Her PhD longitudinal research elicited early years educators’ thinking about their professionalism and this resulted in a typology of professionalism which has been developed across the early years interdisciplinary team. She has been involved in interdisciplinary partnerships with colleagues in West Yorkshire, Europe and the US.

"Language and literacy development are the primary focus of this textbook edited by Rankin (visiting Fellow, Leeds Beckett Univ.; Library Services for Children and Young People) and Brock (education, Leeds Metropolitan Univ.). Case studies of programs aimed at newborn through five-year-old children are supplemented by the theory and research that back the foundations of the library programs....Other authors contributed to this book, providing other professional views of the importance of teamwork among librarians, educators, parents, and caregivers. Giving value to local culture, language, and heritage is stressed... recommended for educators and students in an academic setting."
— Library Journal

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