55 Preschool Programs for Public Libraries
About the Book
Story time at the public library is the first exposure to books outside the home for many preschool children. For the librarian, it is an exciting opportunity to instill in youngsters a love of reading and books. But coming up with new ideas that hold the children’s attention can be trying. Until now.
Here are 55 tried-and-true story hour programs with a thematic approach. All are highly flexible and adaptable across the full preschool age range. Most of the ideas are arranged under one of eight specific themes that include four to eight one-hour programs: barnyard animals, the Caldecott Medal, colors, families, a storytelling feast, the five senses, reptiles and amphibians, and around the world. There are also 18 individual holiday and seasonal programs. All story hours provide ideas for name tags, suggested audiovisual materials, recommended story, poetry and song selections, additional titles and a full description of the activity.
About the Author(s)
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: bibliographies, author and title indexes
Copyright Date: 2003 
Book Reviews & Awards
“libraries and teachers who spend hours developing theme-based story programs can cut their preparation time considerably using this practical guidebook…comments on books…are as pithy and practical as a good colleague’s advice…helpful annotated bibliography of professional resources…a good investment”—Booklist; “well-organized…helpful…useful”—Public Libraries; “excellent…. By using the wide variety of materials and ideas offered, librarians can develop a multitude of successful story hours in a very short amount of time…three extensive bibliographies…several indexes…useful…a most valuable and time saving tool”—Public Library Quarterly; “well-organized and easy-to-use resource…this is a very readable and immediately applicable title…highly recommended”—Catholic Library World; “universal in application…quite useful…quick and easy, yet well thought out programs…a very readable introduction offering practical advice on the application of the programs and detailed bibliographies of stories, poetry collections and songs as well as professional resources”—Orana; “extensive bibliography…useful”—Library Association Record; “a very large sectioned bibliography”—The National Literacy Trust.