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The Early Literacy Kit: A Handbook and Tip Cards
Betsy Diamant-Cohen and Saroj Nadkarni Ghoting
Item Number: 978-0-8389-0999-7
Publisher: ALA Editions
Price: $52.00
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32 pages with 105 tip cards
6" x 9"
ISBN-13: 978-0-8389-0999-7
Year Published: 2010
AP Categories: A, C, G

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This innovative and practical kit, put together by two well-known specialists in the field of early literacy, contains everything storytime presenters for children from birth to age five and their parents or caregivers need to spread the word about school readiness skills to adult caregivers. The kit includes
  • An accessible handbook with a resource section
  • 105 reusable tip cards with coordinated activities
  • A concise summary of important early literacy research
Ideal for program planners, this convenient resource will help you teach caregivers the developing standards by which school readiness can be achieved.

Table of Contents



School Readiness Domains

Reaching Parents and Caregivers: Why and How

The Tip Card Facts

How to Use the Cards

A Final Word

About the Authors
Dr. Betsy Diamant-Cohen is the Early Childhood Specialist at Port Discovery children's museum in Baltimore, Maryland. She developed the award-winning "Mother Goose on the Loose" early literacy program, which won the Godfrey Award for excellence in public library programming, and in 2004 was named a "Mover and Shaker" by Library Journal. She earned her doctorate in communications design from the University of Baltimore and her master’s degree in library science from Rutgers. She enjoys traveling around the county to give training workshops.

Saroj Nadkarni Ghoting is an Early Childhood Literacy Consultant. A children's librarian for more than 30 years, Ghoting is the coauthor of the best-selling Early Literacy Storytimes @ your library, and one of the national trainers for the "Every Child Ready to Read @ your library" program, an early literacy initiative co-sponsored by the Public Library Association and the Association for Library Service to Children. She received her BA from Oberlin College (OH) and her MLS from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Follow her on Twitter at @sghoting.

"The cards are sturdy and can be easily incorporated into a story time session or other early childhood programme. Rather than utilising all the cards, the creators have offered seven easy steps of how to prepare your programme and choose the tips to go along with it. This makes it easy for the presenter - instead of having to memorise tips or have a book of notes, he or she have a number of tip cards ready to be utilised during the session without any bulk."
--The Australian Library Journal

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