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More Storytime Magic
Kathy MacMillan and Christine Kirker, with illustrations by Melanie Fitz
Item Number: 978-0-8389-1368-0
Publisher: ALA Editions
Price: $52.00
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200 pages
8.5" x 11"
ISBN-13: 978-0-8389-1368-0
Year Published: 2016
AP Categories: A, C

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MacMillian and Kirker’s knack for creating storytimes that engage and delight young ones have made their previous books bestsellers. Now they’re back with a completely new assortment of original fingerplays, transitional rhymes, movement songs, flannelboards, sign language rhymes and other activities to spice up storytimes for ages two and up. This ready-to-go sourcebook for children’s librarians, early literacy specialists, and other adults who work with young children offers everything needed to plan and host quality storytimes, including
  • more than a dozen thematic groupings of activities, featuring such fun topics such as “All About Me,” “Bugs and Insects,” “Fairy Tales and Castles,” and “People in my Neighborhood”; 
  • recommended storytime books for each theme, along with material lists, patterns for flannelboards and stick puppets, and illustrations of American Sign Language signs; and
  • coding for each entry indicating which Common Core State Standards for Kindergarten skills it supports.
Using the guidance and activities contained in this book, storytimes will be more magical than ever!

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Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Keeping the Magic in Storytime
Chapter 2: All About Me
Chapter 3: Animals
Chapter 4: Around the World
Chapter 5: At Home
Chapter 6: Bugs and Insects
Chapter 7: Concepts
Chapter 8: Fairy Tales and Castles
Chapter 9: Family and Friends
Chapter 10: Food
Chapter 11: Holidays and Celebrations
Chapter 12: The Natural World
Chapter 13: People in My Neighborhood
Chapter 14: Play
Chapter 15: School and Library
Chapter 16: Sing and Dance
Chapter 17: Transportation

Appendix A: Further Resources for Storytime Planning
Appendix B: Common Core State Standards for Kindergarten

About the Authors

Kathy MacMillan and Christine Kirker are the coauthors of four previous volumes in the Storytime Magic series from ALA Editions: Storytime Magic (2009), Kindergarten Magic (2011), Multicultural Storytime Magic (2012), and Baby Storytime Magic (2014). They also share storytime resources at their website, Storytime Stuff.

Kathy MacMillan is a writer, American Sign Language interpreter, and storyteller. She is also 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), as well as a young adult novel, Sword and Verse (HarperCollins, 2016). She has worked in school and public libraries since 1997, specializing in programming for all ages. She reviewed for School Library Journal for 16 years. She presents American Sign Language programs and resources at Stories By Hand.

Christine Kirker is a library associate with the Carroll County (Maryland) Public Library. Since joining the library staff in 2005, she has developed and presented many programs for children of all ages, including monthly preschool science programs. In addition, she has applied for, and been awarded, a variety of grants that have supported a wide range of programming for the library. Previously, she spent ten years at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), as a research analyst for the Office of Institutional Research.

”Youth librarians are always looking for new ideas to enliven story hours for repeat attendees, so this book is a welcome addition for public and school library professional collections."

”A worthwhile purchase for any youth department where there is a focus on storytime."
— Booklist

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