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Creating Literacy-Based Programs for Children: Lesson Plans and Printable Resources for K–5
R. Lynn Baker
Item Number: 978-0-8389-1500-4
Publisher: ALA Editions
Price: $48.00
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176 pages
8.5" x 11"
ISBN-13: 978-0-8389-1500-4
Year Published: 2017
AP Categories: A, C
The all-in-one resource you’ve been clamoring for, this book presents a comprehensive package of literacy-based public library programming ideas designed for children in kindergarten through the early tweens. Chock full of strategies and best practices for promoting literacy and reading skill development, it also features numerous planning templates and other materials ready to print and adapt as needed. With specific guidance for improving and streamlining each step of program planning and implementation, this book
  • defines literacy and reading skills by grade levels, in addition to information on other developmental stages;
  • explains multiliteracies and connects them to programming practices;
  • provides step-by-step program planning guides, arranged by grade level, which include book-based programs, clubs, makerspaces, afterschool/study programs, author/guest visits, family/all age programs, impromptu programming, and many others;
  • offers STEAM-based programs which connect to science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics;
  • gives advice on collaborating effectively with school librarians and teachers to plan school field trips;
  • addresses large event and summer reading program planning;
  • shows how to program for children with special needs; and
  • shares tips and suggestions for getting the word out through advocacy and marketing.
Helping public libraries build outstanding programs from the ground up, this resource will prove valuable a tool for children’s librarians and other programming staff.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1    Literacy and Reading Skills by Grade and Developmental Stages
Chapter 2    Multiliteracies Defined
Chapter 3    What Is Programming?
Chapter 4    Types of Programs
Chapter 5    Program Planning
Chapter 6    Specialized Group Programs and Outreach Services
Chapter 7    Large Event and Summer Reading Program Planning
Chapter 8    Programming for Children with Special Needs
Chapter 9    Advocacy and Marketing Your K–5 Programs
Chapter 10    Lesson Plans
Appendix    Handouts and Resources

About the Author

R. Lynn Baker
is an early childhood educator and certified librarian. A former preschool and kindergarten teacher, she holds a bachelor of science degree in interdisciplinary early childhood education with a minor in special education. She spent eight years as a youth services librarian, developing programs and curricula for children, families, and communities in the public library, and received her MLIS degree from San José State University. She is an early childhood and public library consultant, providing workshops for early care and education organizations and library systems.

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