Cooking Up a Storytime: Mix-and-Match Menus for Easy Programming

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Tired of leftovers? Ready to cook up some new storytimes, ones that integrate books and games with math, science, and early literacy activities? These mix-and-match menus featuring kids' favorite topics, like animals, families, farms, and food, will engage young ones while easing their transition to school. Whether you're hungry for a full-course feast or prefer to order à la carte, this flexible resource dishes up

  • Practical, up-to-date early literacy information that helps storytime organizers understand how children grow and learn
  • Detailed program menus to enable storytime planners to establish uniformity in content, important for early literacy
  • Original flannelboard activities, poems, games, and fingerplays incorporating science, math, and poetry
  • A varied selection of mix-and-match books to help create appealing, perfectly seasoned menus

With the guidance provided by this resource, the storytimes you cook up will be delicious and nutritious!

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Part One: Cooking Lessons
Chapter One Understanding How Children Grow and Learn
Chapter Two Building Nutritional Programs
Part Two: Stocking the Pantry
Chapter Three Books
Chapter Four Language Play
Chapter Five Flannelboards
Chapter Six Games
Part Three: Adding the Seasonings
Chapter Seven Math
Chapter Eight Science
Chapter Nine Poetry
Part Four : Planning the Dinner Party

Chapter Ten Menus
Selected References

Susan Anderson-Newham

Susan Anderson-Newham has been the early learning supervising librarian at Pierce County Library in Washington State since 2006. Before that she was a children's reference librarian in King County, Washington. She has also been a professional storyteller, performing at bookstores, local schools, libraries, and other venues. She is an active member of ALSC and PLA as well as several national associations that promote excellence in early childhood education. She has written two humorous pieces for Children and Libraries and is the editor of the Pierce County Library Early Learning Newsletter.

"This is a valuable resource for those new to preschool storytimes and those who are looking for fresh ideas as well as anyone who works with preschoolers, and is recommended for youth librarians. "
— Booklist

"The large range of suggested titles throughout the book will enable each preschool educator or librarian to locate desired titles that either already exist in the collection or can be purchased, while the rhymes and activities will enhance the session with the children."

"Cleverly packaged and well presented, the innovations in programming, planning, and execution are sure to be a success with preschool patrons and their caregivers."
— Catholic Library World