Tag Archives: storytime

Top 10 Most Viewed Posts in 2017

30 Dec

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I had a great year on my blog this year with a lot more views than I was expecting and many on some older content that keeps popping up! Im hoping during the course of January, I can revisit some of these topics and create an updated booklist or make some new recommendations. If you missed any of these great posts, take a second to check them out and thanks for visiting Literacious this year!

10. Storytime Theme: Imagination Station
https://literacious.com/2013/11/16/story-time-theme-imagination-station/

9. Storytime Theme: Imagination & Pretend Play
https://literacious.com/2015/10/02/toddler-storytime-theme-imagination-pretend-play/

8. Storytime Theme: Polka Dots
https://literacious.com/2014/10/09/sensory-story-time-theme-polka-dots/

7. Storytime Planning, so much more than just books!
https://literacious.com/2015/08/27/storytime-planning-so-much-more-than-just-books/

6. Storytime Theme: Say “Hello”
https://literacious.com/2015/12/19/family-storytime-theme-say-hello/

5. Programming for Millennials
https://literacious.com/2017/01/11/programming-for-millennials/

4. Flannel Friday: Bubble, Bubble, Pop
https://literacious.com/2016/02/26/flannel-friday-bubble-bubble-pop/

3. Life Size Chutes & Ladders Game
https://literacious.com/2015/09/16/life-size-chutes-ladders/

2. Middle Grade Gets Real – 25 Titles About Tough Topics
https://literacious.com/2017/03/03/middle-grade-gets-real-25-titles-about-tough-topics/

1. Storytime Theme: Jungle
https://literacious.com/2013/09/16/story-time-theme-jungle/

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Picture Book Month: Lions

24 Nov

24It’s important to follow the rules, especially in the library. One day, when a lion comes to visit the library, the librarian, circulation assistant and patrons are all a little nervous, but soon the lion becomes a valuable member of the library team, helping dust the encyclopedias, lick envelopes and be used as a step ladder to reach the high shelves (his favorite part of being in the library was storytime). But, when the lion has to break the rules to help the librarian, he doesn’t think he’ll ever be allowed back in. What’s a library lion to do?
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Sharing Picture Books with Preschool Teachers

27 Oct

This week, I got the chance to speak in front of preschool teachers during an in-service day about children’s literature trends and share some great new titles that have been published in the past couple of years. The preschool reached out to the library looking for some sort of presentation during their in-service day. And I decided, rather than talking about brain development and the importance of early literacy (which is always important) I wanted to offer these teachers valuable information that they could take back to the their classrooms and implement almost immediately. Continue reading

Director’s Thoughts #14 – It’s Been Awhile: Storytime

12 Oct

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b8a7c2491785eeb0c506cfc6f7c40d36--nurse-humor-medical-humorThis week I covered a co-worker’s storytime while she was away and after a year of being away from it; it was strange coming back. I did storytime for eight years as a children’s librarian and I think that I made a smart decision to move into another role when I did.

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Early Literacy At Its Finest

6 Jul

There’s a great article on the School Library Journal’s website about the positive effects of storytime on young children. Storytime began in the late 1800s and has changed drastically over the years from a time when children were expected to sit quietly and listen to an adult read books to today’s version of storytime that includes a wide variety of actions, senses, books, songs, dances and more.

I don’t think any librarian out there would argue that storytime is unhelpful to children, but there have been few studies to show the actual effects storytime has on PreK children. I think children’s librarians are also hesitant to say they are experts in the field as many don’t have a child development background and feel uncomfortable telling parents what they should be doing at home. New studies show that being intentional at storytime about early literacy skills makes a difference. Honestly, many of the early literacy skills I’ve shared with parents and caregivers in the past are things they already do, I just give it a name and explain why it’s so important.

I found this article to a fascinating read and really enjoyed learning more about research being done in the public library field. I’d love to see more research focused not only on early literacy, but on public libraries in general. We do far more good than people realize and we need to make ourselves known.

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