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Books in Motion: Connecting Preschoolers with Books through Art, Games, Movement, Music, Playacting, and Props
Julie Dietzel-Glair
Item Number: 978-1-55570-810-8
Publisher: ALA Neal-Schuman
Price: $57.00
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224 pages
6" x 9"
ISBN-13: 978-1-55570-810-8
Year Published: 2013
AP Categories: A

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Librarians and educators can shake up storytimes, help children stay healthy, and encourage a lifelong love of reading with Dietzel-Glair’s easy-to-use resource. Demonstrating exactly how to use children’s books to engage preschool-age children through movement, it’s loaded with storytimes that will have children standing up tall, balancing as they pretend to walk across a bridge, or even flying around the room like an airplane. Presenting hundreds of ideas, this all-in-one book is divided into six sections:
  • “Art” spotlights titles that are natural hooks for art or craft activities alongside ideas on how to create art just like the character in the story, while an appendix includes art patterns that can be used as coloring sheets;
  • “Games” includes searching games, follow-the-leader games, and guessing games to enhance the books in this section;
  • “Movement” features books that kids can jump, stomp, clap, chomp, waddle, parade, wiggle, and stretch with;
  • “Music” chooses books perfect for activities like shaking a maraca, singing, dancing between the pages, and creating new sound effects;
  • “Playacting” lets kids pretend along with the characters in these books, whether it’s washing their face, swimming with fish, or hunting a lion;
  • “Props” encourages storytime leaders to bring out their puppets, flannelboard pieces, and scarves—these books have enough props for everyone in the program to have a part.
Each chapter includes as much instruction as possible for a wide range of motions. Pick and choose the amount of movement that is right for your storytime crowd, or do it all!
Table of Contents


1 Art
2 Games
3 Movement
4 Music
5 Playacting
6 Props

Appendix A: More Storytime Resources 
Appendix B: Art Outlines 

Author index
Title index 
Subject index

About the Author

Julie Dietzel-Glair is a freelance writer and library consultant. She was a children’s librarian in public libraries in Maryland for eleven years. Storytimes were always her favorite part of being a children’s librarian. She is active in the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and has served on the John Newbery Medal Selection Committee. She is also a pastpresident of the Children’s Services Division of the Maryland Library Association and served on the Maryland Blue Crab Young Reader Award Committee.

"Dietzel-Glair’s book offers simple ideas on ways that children’s librarians and early childhood educators can incorporate art, games, movement, music, playacting, and props into their storytimes … this book would be especially useful to those new to presenting storytimes. "

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