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A Year in the Story Room: Ready-to-Use Programs for Children
Dawn R. Roginski
Item Number: 978-0-8389-1179-2
Publisher: ALA Editions
Price: $49.00
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252 pages
8.5" x 11"
ISBN-13: 978-0-8389-1179-2
Year Published: 2014
AP Categories: A, B, C, D, H, I

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Preparing storytime programs can devour the time of the even the most experienced children’s librarians, especially when several different age groups must be taken into account. Infants and toddlers, pre-readers, and emergent readers all have different needs, and who has time to dig through a multitude of resources to gather suitable programming materials? Roginski offers the perfect solution with this all-in-one planner for young children, providing everything needed for a year's worth of story room fun. Filled with ready-to-use programs for winter, spring, summer and fall on themes children know and love, this handy volume
  • Presents materials perfectly tailored to each group, including ideas for infants, traditional story programs for children toddling toward kindergarten, and book clubs for emergent readers
  • Gives easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions for each program, with suggested books, poems, activities, sound recordings, craft ideas, printable patterns, supply lists, and more
  • Features a special section on guiding children from reading along to reading alone, and other transitional programs
Librarians can take this amazingly useful resource right into the story room to encourage fun and learning the whole year round.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1
Littlest Learners: Programs for Babies

Chapter 2
Toddling into Kindergarten: Twenty-four Adaptable Themes to Capture this Audience All Year Long

Fall Themes
Apples and Pumpkins
Monkeys and Jungles
Winter Themes
Birthdays and Months of the Year
Colds and Sneezes
Snow and Snowmen
Valentine’s Day and Love
Winter Clothes: Hats and Mittens
Spring Themes
Easter and Bunnies
Food and Eating
Gardening and Vegetables
Water and Rain
Summer Themes
Bath Time
Construction and Tools
Fish and Fishing

Chapter 3
Young Readers: A Book Club That Transitions from Storytime to Book Club Discussion

Fall Titles
Apples to Oregon
I Lost My Tooth in Africa
Just a Dream
Room on the Broom
Thank You Sarah
Too Many Pumpkins
Winter Titles
Moi and Marie Antoinette
No Roses For Harry
The Princess and the Pizza
Rocks in His Head
Snowflake Bentley
Strega Nona
Letters From a Desperate Dog
My Great Aunt Arizona
Nora’s Ark
Piggie Pie
The Rainbow Fish
Lyle, Lyle Crocodile
Players in Pigtails
Velma Gratch and the Way Cool Butterfly

Chapter 4
Special Features: An Evening Program for Every Season

Fall: Teddy Bear Tea Party
Winter: It’s a Parachute Party
Spring: Cinco de Mayo Celebration
Summer: Popsicles in the Park

Appendix A Baby and Me: Rhyme Sheets
Appendix B Toddling into Kindergarten: Sample Opening and Closing Sequence
Appendix C Wish List
Appendix D Young Readers: Parent Letter
Appendix E Young Readers: Glass Jar Reminder to Parents


About the Author

Dawn R. Roginski
is currently the early childhood outreach librarian at Medina County (Ohio) District Library. She visits more than 25 preschools, daycares, and Head Start classrooms every month where she shares her love of children’s books and enriches the early literacy skills of more than 600 children. Formerly, she was the children’s librarian at the Chagrin Falls and Garfield Heights Branches of Cuyahoga County (Ohio) Public Library. During her ten-year career at CCPL, she conducted hundreds of storytimes for children of all ages.

”Includes original ideas to inspire even the experienced programmer … Particularly unique is the section on programming for emerging readers. The author is appreciative of a child’s ability to discuss a story even if he is not a skilled reader. Suggestions for book clubs which develop a child’s confidence through multiple senses are especially helpful. Appendices include rhyme sheets and model texts of reminders and policy statements for colleagues and parents. The bibliography and index are extensive."
— School Library Journal

”I was very impressed with this guidebook. It would be useful for a new children’s librarian as a structure for activities. At the same time, it would stimulate new ideas for a veteran. The variety of books is impressive, the games look like great fun, and the lists of materials will make it easy for any librarian to organize the story session. A wonderful resource."
— Catholic Library World

”In a previous life I spent eight years running a weekly storytime session, and how I wish this book had been available then - how much better my sessions would have been and how much time I would have saved! [It] contains everything you could need to run a successful story time, as well as much you may have thought you did not need."
— Australian Library Journal

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