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Storytime Planning

Hennepin County Library; Birth to Six

Reading tip handouts in several languages, fingerplays/songs, how to select books, booklists, and a great newsletter.  
Learn new rhymes and storytime techniques

Watch 1-3 minute video clips of Saroj Ghoting demonstrating songs, rhymes, and other techniques for making storytime more interactive and bringing early literacy tips alive.

Saroj Ghoting, Early Childhood Literacy Consultant

Ties early literacy research to storytime planning and implementation.  Provides general planning materials to help you plan early literacy storytimes around whatever books and themes you want to use such as how to select developmentally appropriate books, how to identify which early literacy skills books address, early literacy messages to say to parents during storytimes, activity ideas, and more.  You’ll find programming advice and resources on early literacy environments.

A Box Full of Tales: Easy ways to share library resources through story boxes Kathy MacMillan.
Create dozens of storytime boxes with several picture books, songs/rhymes, activity suggestions and more.  Each box focuses on a theme and explains how to adapt it for toddler, preschooler, and family storytimes.  This book can make storytime planning easier for you.  A few suggestions: use this book to plan storytimes, use it to create storytime boxes for you to use now and in the future, share boxes with other libraries, or circulate boxes to Healthy Start family support workers, childcare providers, and preschool teachers.
Babies in the Library!
Jane Marino
Advice for starting a baby storytime and ten ready-to-use storytimes.  Storytimes combine booksharing, rhymes, movement activities, songs, fingerplays, and circle games.  There is a “take-home” section with tools parents and childcare providers need to use rhymes and activities with their children.  Useful bibliographies of picture books, programming books, rhyme collections, and recordings for infants.
Early Literacy Storytimes @ Your Library: Partnering with Caregivers for Success
Saroj Nadkarni Ghoting and Pamela Martin-Diaz
If you are only going to purchase one storytime planning book, this is the best one to purchase because it ties the research to storytime planning and implementation, provides ready-to-use storytimes, provides general planning materials to help you plan early literacy storytimes around whatever books and themes you want to use, includes programming advice, and programs are for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. 
Preschool Favorites: 35 Storytimes Kids Love
Diana Briggs
35 ready-to-use storytimes for preschoolers.  Each storytime includes a menu of books, songs/rhymes/fingerplays, music, and crafts for you to choose from.
Read Me a Rhyme in Spanish and English/Leame una rima en espanol e ingles by Rose Zertuche Trevino
Create Spanish or Spanish/English bilingual storytimes with several picture books, songs/rhymes, activity suggestions and more.  Books, songs, and rhymes are traditional and from Spanish speaking countries around the world or they are originally created by the author, a native Spanish speaker.  Books, songs, and rhymes are translated into English.  In the case where a Spanish book is not available in English titles with a similar theme are suggested.
Story Stretchers for Infants, Toddlers, and Twos: Experiences, Activities, and Games for Popular Cildren’s Books
Shirley Raines and Karen Miller
General information on early literacy research, selecting books, techniques for reading with young children, teaching songs, and how to encourage independence.  Ready-to-use storytime stretchers include a synopsis of the story, hints for reading that story, program enhancements, and activity suggestions.

Spanish/Bilingual Resources
Please visit our new page to learn about resources for planning book sharing or storytimes in Spanish or English and Spanish.

Make a Recommendation
If you would like to recommend a resource email full title information, a brief description, and author if it is a book or url if it is a website to Katie Anderson
All recommendations will be reviewed carefully by the Oregon State Library and Oregon Commission on Children and Families.  The purpose of this website is to provide a few carefully selected resources to help busy librarians and Healthy Start family support workers plan storytimes or one-on-one books sharing sessions. 

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