New Series! Storytime Literacy Ideas

Looking for ideas for incorporating Every Child Ready to Read early literacy messages to parents and caregivers into your storytimes? One of my jobs this year at my library is to provide more early literacy support to our own storytime providers, so as I develop ideas for them, I want to share some of them here on Mel’s Desk.

One thing we’ve decided at my library is that we don’t want to just TELL parents what to do, we want to SHOW them how easy it is to help their child. We want to model right in the middle of storytime the five practices that help build early literacy skills: reading, writing, singing, talking, and playing. So this year I’ll be choosing some storytime activities and matching them up with early literacy messages for the adults in the room. As I develop ideas for our staff, I’ll share some of them here.

In February, I’ll be sharing information about talking with children! You can read more about why talking helps children get ready to read, and check out my first storytime literacy idea.

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5 Responses to New Series! Storytime Literacy Ideas

  1. Mel, I’m so pleased that you decided to share these ideas. These are EXACTLY the sort of practical messages I’d like to pass on to my storytime adults.

  2. Melissa says:

    Thanks LQ! I am going to get more scheduled this weekend!

  3. Laura says:

    I love the idea of including early literacy tips in my storytimes but I feel a little preachy when I do. Any suggestions (from anyone) on how to do this?

  4. Susan Marx says:

    Kudos on your efforts to help caring adults connect young children with books starting at birth through the preschool years! Parents and grandparents, preschool staff, day care providers, literacy volunteers, and librarians can have tremendous impact on helping little ones acquire the early literacy concepts and skills they need to know to be ready to learn to read and become lifelong lovers of books and learning. Fun activities can be worthwhile experiences and create loving memories for both children and adults. Reading aloud effectively during the first five years of children’s lives opens their ears to the sounds of words, their eyes to the wonder of pictures, their minds to new ideas, and their hearts to a love of books and learning. Let’s all work together to help raise reading-ready children!
    Happy Reading Aloud!
    Susan Marx
    Co-author “Help Me Get Ready To Read: The Practical Guide for Reading Aloud To Children During Their First Five Years”

  5. Melissa says:

    Thank you!

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