Kathy MacMillan is a freelance writer and nationally certified American Sign Language interpreter. She is the author of Nita's First Signs (Familius Press), as well as the author or co-author of many books from ALA Editions, including Little Hands & Big Hands: Children and Adults Signing Together and the Storytime Magic series. She was the library/media specialist at the Maryland School for the Deaf from 2001 to 2005 and has worked in public libraries since 1996. She presents storytelling programs introducing sign language through Stories By Hand and offers training and resources for enhancing storytimes through Storytime Stuff. Her debut young adult novel, Sword and Verse, was published by HarperCollins in 2016.
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MacMillian and Kirker's knack for creating storytimes that engage and delight young ones have made their previous books bestsellers. Now they're back with a completely new assortment of original fingerplays, transitional rhymes, movement songs, flannelboards, sign language rhymes and other activities to spice up storytimes for ages two and up. This ready-to-go sourcebook for children's librarians, early literacy specialists, and other adults who work with young children offers everything needed to plan and host quality storytimes, including
- more than a dozen thematic groupings of activities, featuring such fun topics such as "All About Me," "Bugs and Insects," "Fairy Tales and Castles," and "People in my Neighborhood";
- recommended storytime books for each theme, along with material lists, patterns for flannelboards and stick puppets, and illustrations of American Sign Language signs; and
- coding for each entry indicating which Common Core State Standards for Kindergarten skills it supports.
Using the guidance and activities contained in this book, storytimes will be more magical than ever!
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Chapter 1: Keeping the Magic in Storytime
Chapter 2: All About Me
Chapter 3: Animals
Chapter 4: Around the World
Chapter 5: At Home
Chapter 6: Bugs and Insects
Chapter 7: Concepts
Chapter 8: Fairy Tales and Castles
Chapter 9: Family and Friends
Chapter 10: Food
Chapter 11: Holidays and Celebrations
Chapter 12: The Natural World
Chapter 13: People in My Neighborhood
Chapter 14: Play
Chapter 15: School and Library
Chapter 16: Sing and Dance
Chapter 17: Transportation
Appendix A: Further Resources for Storytime Planning
Appendix B: Common Core State Standards for Kindergarten
"Youth librarians are always looking for new ideas to enliven story hours for repeat attendees, so this book is a welcome addition for public and school library professional collections."
"A worthwhile purchase for any youth department where there is a focus on storytime."