Judy Nichols, MLS,is founder and chief "talespinner" of Wichita, Kansas-based Talespinner Productions, where she offers consulting, storytelling, and puppeteering services. Formerly a youth services and school librarian, she has more than two decades of experience as storyteller, puppeteer, and trainer of librarians, teachers, and early childhood educators. She is author of two previous editions of the bestselling Storytimes for Two-Year-Olds, and produces workshops, audiotapes, performances, puppets, and story ornaments.
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"Research into the developing brains of babies and toddlers revealed that children learn much earlier than before thought, and that early learning actually enhances the complexity of their brains…They absorb knowledge, much like sponges soaking up water."
Judy Nichols, from the Preface
Toddlers – among the librarian's toughest crowd – can be a wriggling, noisy, and demanding audience. Their fierce loyalty also means they can become the library's biggest champions.
More than any other audience, two-year-olds require structures and routines for events to succeed. Storytimes for Two-Year-Olds outlines techniques and programs proven to engage young audiences – ultimately making them lifelong readers. This classic bestseller, first published in 1987 and expanded in 1998, returns in a refreshed third edition.
As they address toddlers' uniquely challenging needs using this updated volume, a new generation of children's and school librarians can:
Packed with information, ideas, and motivation, the book offers tips for librarians and educators on using materials, along with advice for parents and caregivers. Any library serving young families will win a loyal following using the exciting storytime models in this new edition.
1. Planning Considerations
2. Program Elements
3. Program Themes
A. Construction of Storytime Materials
B. Clip Art
Bibliography of Titles Used in the Programs
"Each ready-made program includes a list of book titles, rhymes and fingerplays, crafts, and parent follow-up ideas."
"The variety of programs, the diverse and excellent book selections, and the other program components make this book useful for public librarians, nursery-school teachers, and homeschoolers."