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Storytime Magic: 400 Fingerplays, Flannelboards, and Other Activities
Kathy MacMillan and Christine Kirker
Item Number: 978-0-8389-0977-5
Publisher: ALA Editions
Price: $48.00
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152 pages
8.5" x 11"
ISBN-13: 978-0-8389-0977-5
Year Published: 2009
AP Categories: A, C, G

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Enriching and supplementing storytelling programs with fingerplays, flannelboards, and other props will be a cinch thanks to this generous sampling of art and craft ideas, songs, and action rhymes. This time-saving resource includes
  • Thematic organization to make program planning easy
  • Recommended books for each theme
  • Easy-to-follow craft and flannelboard patterns
  • Quick Tips boxes that enhance the early literacy component
A unique addition to the programming shelf, this treasure trove of storytime tools is designed to help veteran librarians refresh and enliven ongoing programs, while providing novice storytime planners what they need to get started!

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About the Authors

Kathy MacMillan is a freelance writer, American Sign Language interpreter, librarian, and storyteller. She has contributed articles to Public Libraries, American Libraries, and many other professional journals and is the author of Try Your Hand at This (Scarecrow Press, 2006) and A Box Full of Tales (American Library Association, 2008). 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 Public Library and Howard County Library. Kathy holds a Master of Library Science from the University of Maryland, College Park, and through Stories by Hand ( presents storytelling programs that introduce sign language to thousands of children and families each year.

Christine Kirker has been a children’s library associate with the Carroll County Public Library in Maryland since 2005. She has developed and presented many programs for children of all ages and offered many educational outreach programs. She also launched a monthly Art Explorers program at the library where children discuss the lives of featured artists and explore their techniques. In Christine’s latest project, Uniquely Hand Made, young people design and decorate clay hands to represent their own unique spirit. After graduating from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Christine spent ten years as a research analyst for the university’s Office of Institutional Research.

“Both new and veteran storytellers will appreciate this book.”
--School Library Journal

“There are lots of ideas here on common themes both in the real world and the world of imagination.”
--Teacher Librarian

"Organised into chapters based on 16 themes, it is easy for the reader to find a story and associated activity to bring storytimes to life. Although written for librarians, the chosen themes follow topics common to many units of work in early education, and the stories and activities could easily be adapted by teachers to enhance either an integrated or trans-disciplinary unit of work."
--The Australian Library Journal

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