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Mother Goose on the Loose®
Betsy Diamant-Cohen
Item Number: 978-1-55570-536-7
Publisher: ALA Neal-Schuman
Price: $93.00
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461 pages
8.5" x 11"
Looseleaf Binder and Multimedia CD
ISBN-13: 978-1-55570-536-7
Year Published: 2006
Let Mother Goose on the loose in your library and jump-start children’s learning and brain development. Here are activities that will build motor, music, social, and pre-literacy skills in infants and toddlers. Mother Goose on the Loose incorporates books, rhymes, fingerplays, flannelboard stories, music, dance, and child-parent interaction into dynamic programs that will bring whole families into the library.

Award-winning program creator Betsy Diamant-Cohen offers this valuable manual that helps librarians and educators create their own Mother Goose on the Loose® (MGOL) routines with ready-to-use plans and materials. The guide features ten MGOL programs--each one with complete scripts and instructions! In addition, you’ll find planning and scheduling sheets for implementing the program and instructions for designing your own original MGOL sessions. Chapters outline the learning process for infants and toddlers, including the importance of repetition, ritual, play, reading, movement, and music; provide tips for communicating with parents; and suggest ways to incorporate books, instruments, and props. Diamant-Cohen includes suggestions for expanding and evaluating the MGOL program and a list of FAQs (and answers) for sharing with parents and administrators. The companion CD-ROM features all of the rhymes and songs as well as a complete Mother Goose on the Loose® script.
About the Author

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 & 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 country to give training workshops.

"In the award-winning Mother Goose on the Loose (MGOL) library program, inspired by Barbara Cass-Beggss' work, Diamant-Cohen uses books, songs, instruments, rhymes, and props to promote early literacy, school-readiness, and other skills in children up to age two ... Diamant-Cohen's developmentally appropriate ideas for incorporating musical instruments and music concepts, and promoting social and motor skills, can be useful additions to any program for the preschool-and-under set."
--School Library Journal

 "I swear I don't work for Neal-Schuman Publishers when I say that this is the motherlode of Mother Goose planning ... From the introduction of our 'goosey' to the closing lullaby, the babies were completely engaged. Parents kept marveling at how nice it was for the library to offer a program for their little ones. As for myself, leading that first Baby Lapsit was one of my biggest professional accomplishments."
--Adaena Hornstrom, Allegheny County Public Libraries

 "This outstanding resource provides everything a librarian needs to plan and implement a successful, high-quality program for babies and their caregivers."
--Library Journal (Starred Review)

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