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Baby Rhyming Time
Linda L. Ernst
Item Number: 978-1-55570-540-4
Publisher: ALA Neal-Schuman
Price: $67.00
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235 pages
8.5" x 11"
Softcover Book and Multimedia CD
ISBN-13: 978-1-55570-540-4
Year Published: 2008

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The renowned authority on library services for the very youngest patrons has done it again! Linda Ernst has created programming based on the most important findings in babies' brain development. This new resource is full of activities that stimulate infants' and toddlers' cognitive, physical, and emotional growth.

In this versatile book and CD-ROM package, you'll find book ideas, rhymes, songs and music, props, and more that can be combined to form hundreds of hours of quality programming that will wow parents, educators, and caregivers. The CD-ROM contains lyrics, patterns, forms, and posters that can be adapted and easily reproduced. In addition, the book contains suggestions for scheduling, room arrangement, and parent education. Now your programming for babies and infants can strengthen their language acquisition and motor-skill development... and connect your library with families right from the start!
Table of Contents



1. Understanding How Baby Learns 
How the Brain Works 
Influences on Brain Development 
Developmental Milestones 
How Learning Takes Place 
Print Resources for Further Information 
Electronic Resources for Further Information 

2. Meeting the Cast 
The Family—Adult and Very Young Child 
Child Care Providers and Early Childhood Educators 
The Librarian/Presenter 
Support Staff 
Print Resources for Further Information 
Electronic Resources for Further Information 

3. Setting the Stage 
Resources for Toys, Furniture, and Other Supplies 
Resources for Planning In-House Services 
Resources for Funding and Partnerships
Electronic Resources for Funding and Partnerships 

4. Finding Answers: Baby Rhyming Time FAQs 
Other Concerns 

5. Creating Successful Story Times 
Room Arrangement 
Guidelines for Participants 


6. Books That Work 
Print Resources for Further Information 
Electronic Resources for Further Information 
Sources for “Big Books” 

7. Rhymes and More Rhymes 
Teaching Rhymes Orally 
Teaching Rhymes Visually 
Rhymes and Directions 
Programming Resources 

8. Music That Works 
Recordings and Videos 
Print Resources 
Web Sites 
Major Distributors 

9. Great Programming Enhancement Ideas 
Activities (Free Dance, Reading, Art, etc.)
Rhythm Instruments 
Scarves and Streamers 
Sign Language 

10. A Dozen Ready-to-Go Programs 
Programs for Newborn to 12 Months 
Programs for 12 to 24 Months 
Program Outlines 

11. More Programming Ideas 
Books by Theme
Rhymes by Type 

12. Handouts, Displays, and Signs 
Info Bites 

Appendix: Sample Program Handouts 

Rhyme, Fingerplay, and Song Title Index 
Picture Book Title Index 
Picture Book Author Index 
General Index 

About the Author

About the Author

Linda L. Ernst has been a children’s librarian for more than 30 years. Actively serving very young children and their caregivers has been an important part of her job and one of the most enjoyable ones. Just as parents are encouraged to keep it simple and start early to expose their children to the world of language and literature, Ernst offers assistance in applying this knowledge to the areas of library service and programming for very young children. She has given training workshops for the King County Library, Seattle Public Library, Everett Public Library, and the Sno-Isle Library System in Washington. She has also given workshops in Kentucky, Michigan, San Francisco, and Scottsdale, Arizona. Conference programs include the Pennsylvania Library Association and the Washington Library Association. She has guided and encouraged adults to discover, develop, and to share the early literacy experience with very young children. The Children’s and Young Adult Services Interest Group of the Washington Library Association awarded Ernst the 2004 CAYAS Award for Visionary Library Service to Youth. Ernst has served as chair of the Early Childhood Programs and Services Committee for the Association for Library Service to Children and was a member of the 2007 Caldecott Award committee.

"This useful resource provides background, logistics and a wealth of practical ideas for programs ... This could be an invaluable tool for library staff just getting started, and even experienced presenters will find many new ideas and thoughtful perspectives."
--School Library Journal

 "This is a must for all librarians working with 0-24 month-old children ... Whether you are a newcomer to programming for babies or not, Ms Ernst's new book can contribute much to your work ... Baby Rhyming Time is a complete resource for creating excellent programs for babies and young toddlers. Highly recommended."
--Catholic Library World

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