50 Theme-Based Programs Combining Storytelling, Activities and Crafts for Children in Grades 1–3


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About the Book

While storytelling is a great favorite of preschoolers, many elementary age children are more drawn to crafts and other activities. StoryCraft is an award-winning library program that combines storytelling with crafts in an exciting and engaging activity for children in first through third grades. Each one-hour program includes storytelling, a craft, movement, activities, music, and discussion. This collection of StoryCraft programs presents 50 fun and educational theme-based sessions. Each includes suggestions for promotion, music, crafts, activities, and stories. The sessions also include bibliographies to help direct young readers toward additional reading, as well as diagrams, detailed instructions, and supply lists for the crafts.
The themes range from a Jungle Safari to Math Mayhem to a Western Roundup, all encouraging children to enjoy reading in a variety of ways. Each session has plenty of suggestions, so that the program can be customized. Helpful Hints for implementing the program can help any librarian, volunteer, or parent turn a ho-hum storytime into a dazzling StoryCraft time.

About the Author(s)

Martha Seif Simpson is head of Children’s Services at Stratford Library Association in Stratford, Connecticut. She is the author of Reading Programs for Young Adults (1997) and Summer Reading Clubs (1992).
Lynne Perrigo is a children’s librarian in Westport, Connecticut. She is also a storyteller and white-face clown.

Bibliographic Details

Martha Seif Simpson and Lynne Perrigo
Illustrations by Lynne Perrigo
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 293
Bibliographic Info: photos, appendices, index
Copyright Date: 2001
pISBN: 978-0-7864-0891-7
eISBN: 978-0-7864-9215-2
Imprint: McFarland

Book Reviews & Awards

“a must”—Library Journal; “an award-winning idea…helpful”—Public Library Quarterly; “nicely done…clear directions for projects…an especially useful guide”—Public Libraries; “a must”—School Library Journal; “provides…a storytime-type program for…beginning readers…interactive and entertaining”—The Shy Librarian.