[Michlib-l] Every Child Ready to Read in Michigan - October 2016 Newsletter

Lancaster, Catherine (MDE) LancasterC5 at michigan.gov
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Thank you,

Cathy Lancaster

Youth Services Coordinator
Statewide Library Services
Library of Michigan
517-373-5700 f
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[every child ready to read]

Every Child Ready to Read in Michigan - October 2016

In This Issue:

  *   Focus on Preschoolers!
  *   Suggested Template for Preschool Storytime
  *   New Books of the Month
  *   Websites of the Month
  *   Reflections...

This Month's Wisdom...

"...try to use one participation book every storytime. Have children do an activity which allows them to stretch or be active midway through the program."

~ Sue McCleaf  Nespeca

Focus on Preschoolers!

[preschooler]This month the focus is on children ages four and five and on preschool storytimes. Just a reminder that a webinar on this topic will be held on November 10 at 2:00 p.m. Some topics that will be covered include: tips for incorporating books and activities on the five practices of ECRR (Talk, Sing, Read, Write and Play) into storytimes; what types of books are recommended for these ages along with suggested titles; music, art and play activities; and some book extensions. If you cannot attend, you can access the archived webinar at another time. All webinars held this year can be found at:


Scroll down to webinars, and click on the date/topic. By the way, all the dates for the 2017 webinars along with topics are already posted at this site.

TIPS for Preschool Storytimes

*Have the parent/caregiver present for this program - it is an excellent way to model to the caregiver how to share books, language, and songs and encourage them to extend the experiences at home.

*Programs are almost always thematically arranged. Do not be so concerned about a certain theme however, that you pick books that are really unsuitable for group sharing, or are not developmentally appropriate.

*Limit to 20 to 25 caregivers with their preschooler (children can sit in front and caregivers behind them or they can sit together but make sure that adults are not blocking children's views. Tell the parents that they are expected to join in with the rhymes and songs and participate in the storytime. This is particularly true if the parents sit in the back and not with their child, so that they are not talking to other parents, texting or causing you to lose control of the program.)

*Begin with an opening finger rhyme or song and/or by introducing the theme. Alternate 3 or 4 stories with one or two activities such as: active rhymes, finger rhymes, creative dramatics, poems, or songs. Use various methods of storytelling to tell those stories with one story more VISUAL through the use of a flannel or magnetic board, puppet, tell-and-draw story, etc. Also, try to use one PARTICIPATION book every storytime. Have children do an activity which allows them to stretch or be active midway through the program.

 *Include an art activity, or other open-ended, hands-on activity at the end if desired

Suggested Template for Preschool Storytime

[storytime]Opener (Song or Rhyme but song is suggested. Use same opener every week.)

Book (Use your longest story here )

Activity: Fingerplays, Rhymes, Songs, or Creative Dramatics (Use 2 or 3 Different Activities)

Book (Make sure this book or the one that follows is a "participation  story")

Activity: Fingerplays, Rhymes, Songs, or Creative Dramatics (Use 2 or 3 Different Activities. Make sure one activity/song gets them up and moving)

Book (Try to use a visual - a puppet, prop, magnetic or flannel board story)

Activity: Fingerplays, Rhymes, Songs, or Creative Dramatics (Use 2 or 3 Different Activities - a Combination of the Above) Closing Song or Rhyme

Optional Activity - can be open-ended art, educational toys etc.

If children are experienced with storytime and are good listeners, add one more book followed by 2 activities. I recommend not reading/sharing two books in a row. Consider using one age/developmentally appropriate NONFICTION book occasionally.

New Books of the Month

[book]With Any Luck, I'll Drive a Truck. David Friend. Nancy Paulsen Books, 2016.
ISBN: 978-0-399-16956-4. $16.99.

When the title is a rhyme, you just know this book is going to be a good choice for emphasizing phonological awareness. But this gem is great for another early literacy skill --- vocabulary! Listen to just a few of the words children are introduced to: concrete; backhoe; crane; 18-wheeler; flatbed trailer; combine; plow; earthmover; paver; baling hay; jackhammer; plowing; bulldozer; and trash compacter. With Michael Rex's brightly colored child-appealing illustrations, this book cannot help but be a hit. Opening the book, children are greeted by end papers displaying brightly colored construction cones and barriers. A boy then reminisces about all the different types of equipment he learned to drive at different ages in his life. So what if the trucks at the end turn out just to be toys--- children will already have enjoyed coming along for the ride. And, the end illustration with the boy now a man driving a truck with his stuffed animal friends attached to the front, make this a fun journey indeed!

Make Way for Readers.  Judy Sierra. Simon & Schuster, 2016. ISBN: 978-1-4814-1851-5. $17.99.

Another story in rhyme, this is a book every children's librarian will love sharing because it is about preschool animal friends participating in storytime! Miss Bingo, "the storytime rhymer, the singing flamingo," is in charge. She tells them stories "of kittens, mittens and mice; Miss Muffet, her tuffet, sugar and spice." Then Miss Bingo honks "Now stretch up high, now stretch down low." But, uh-oh, gator tramples on Annabelle's (little mouse's) toe! Rory the fox distracts her with a book, and Annabelle again smiles and giggles. At the end of storytime, Miss Bingo, the flamingo, closes with "Toodle-oo, little readers, Please come again soon!" And for certain, children will want to not only revisit the book, but hopefully attend another library storytime!


Websites of the Month

[website]There are tons of great web sites that are helpful for planning preschool storytimes.

Below are just a few of my favorites.

First, we have talked about the importance of children's narrative skills. So how can we do this in storytime? One way is through the use of a flannel or magnetic board.  First you can share a book, and then as you place the pieces on the board, children can help retell the story. But if you are like me (with little artistic talent), then you need patterns to make your pieces. So where do you find patterns for well-loved children's books? Here are a few sites:

1.    Daycare Resource Flannel Stories <http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTYxMDMxLjY1NzE5MDQxJm1lc3NhZ2VpZD1NREItUFJELUJVTC0yMDE2MTAzMS42NTcxOTA0MSZkYXRhYmFzZWlkPTEwMDEmc2VyaWFsPTE3MzU5NzEwJmVtYWlsaWQ9TGFuY2FzdGVyQzVAbWljaGlnYW4uZ292JnVzZXJpZD1MYW5jYXN0ZXJDNUBtaWNoaWdhbi5nb3YmZmw9JmV4dHJhPU11bHRpdmFyaWF0ZUlkPSYmJg==&&&101&&&http://daycareresource.com/flannelstories37642.html>

2.    Kiz Club Storybook Printable Patterns<http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTYxMDMxLjY1NzE5MDQxJm1lc3NhZ2VpZD1NREItUFJELUJVTC0yMDE2MTAzMS42NTcxOTA0MSZkYXRhYmFzZWlkPTEwMDEmc2VyaWFsPTE3MzU5NzEwJmVtYWlsaWQ9TGFuY2FzdGVyQzVAbWljaGlnYW4uZ292JnVzZXJpZD1MYW5jYXN0ZXJDNUBtaWNoaWdhbi5nb3YmZmw9JmV4dHJhPU11bHRpdmFyaWF0ZUlkPSYmJg==&&&102&&&http://www.kizclub.com/stories1.htm>

3.   Make Learning Fun Book Printables<http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTYxMDMxLjY1NzE5MDQxJm1lc3NhZ2VpZD1NREItUFJELUJVTC0yMDE2MTAzMS42NTcxOTA0MSZkYXRhYmFzZWlkPTEwMDEmc2VyaWFsPTE3MzU5NzEwJmVtYWlsaWQ9TGFuY2FzdGVyQzVAbWljaGlnYW4uZ292JnVzZXJpZD1MYW5jYXN0ZXJDNUBtaWNoaWdhbi5nb3YmZmw9JmV4dHJhPU11bHRpdmFyaWF0ZUlkPSYmJg==&&&103&&&http://www.makinglearningfun.com/themepages/BookPrintables.htm>

We all know the importance of sharing rhymes and songs for phonological awareness, but where can you find a ton of ideas for songs and rhymes AND how to do actually do them?

 Here are two great sites:

1.   King County Library System Tell Me A Story<http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTYxMDMxLjY1NzE5MDQxJm1lc3NhZ2VpZD1NREItUFJELUJVTC0yMDE2MTAzMS42NTcxOTA0MSZkYXRhYmFzZWlkPTEwMDEmc2VyaWFsPTE3MzU5NzEwJmVtYWlsaWQ9TGFuY2FzdGVyQzVAbWljaGlnYW4uZ292JnVzZXJpZD1MYW5jYXN0ZXJDNUBtaWNoaWdhbi5nb3YmZmw9JmV4dHJhPU11bHRpdmFyaWF0ZUlkPSYmJg==&&&104&&&https://kcls.org/content/> - Tons of videos with librarians demonstrating fingerplays, rhymes, and songs are shown on You Tube at this site.

2.       http://www.storyblocks.org/<http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTYxMDMxLjY1NzE5MDQxJm1lc3NhZ2VpZD1NREItUFJELUJVTC0yMDE2MTAzMS42NTcxOTA0MSZkYXRhYmFzZWlkPTEwMDEmc2VyaWFsPTE3MzU5NzEwJmVtYWlsaWQ9TGFuY2FzdGVyQzVAbWljaGlnYW4uZ292JnVzZXJpZD1MYW5jYXN0ZXJDNUBtaWNoaWdhbi5nb3YmZmw9JmV4dHJhPU11bHRpdmFyaWF0ZUlkPSYmJg==&&&105&&&http://www.storyblocks.org/>  Rhymes and songs are demonstrated via video, from Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy.

What if you are just looking for some sites to help you plan preschool storytimes? Check out these favorites:

1.  Storytime Katie <http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTYxMDMxLjY1NzE5MDQxJm1lc3NhZ2VpZD1NREItUFJELUJVTC0yMDE2MTAzMS42NTcxOTA0MSZkYXRhYmFzZWlkPTEwMDEmc2VyaWFsPTE3MzU5NzEwJmVtYWlsaWQ9TGFuY2FzdGVyQzVAbWljaGlnYW4uZ292JnVzZXJpZD1MYW5jYXN0ZXJDNUBtaWNoaWdhbi5nb3YmZmw9JmV4dHJhPU11bHRpdmFyaWF0ZUlkPSYmJg==&&&106&&&http://storytimekatie.com/>

2.  Perry Public Library's (Ohio) Storytime Themes <http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTYxMDMxLjY1NzE5MDQxJm1lc3NhZ2VpZD1NREItUFJELUJVTC0yMDE2MTAzMS42NTcxOTA0MSZkYXRhYmFzZWlkPTEwMDEmc2VyaWFsPTE3MzU5NzEwJmVtYWlsaWQ9TGFuY2FzdGVyQzVAbWljaGlnYW4uZ292JnVzZXJpZD1MYW5jYXN0ZXJDNUBtaWNoaWdhbi5nb3YmZmw9JmV4dHJhPU11bHRpdmFyaWF0ZUlkPSYmJg==&&&107&&&http://www.perrypubliclibrary.org/storytime_themes>

3.   Jbrary <http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTYxMDMxLjY1NzE5MDQxJm1lc3NhZ2VpZD1NREItUFJELUJVTC0yMDE2MTAzMS42NTcxOTA0MSZkYXRhYmFzZWlkPTEwMDEmc2VyaWFsPTE3MzU5NzEwJmVtYWlsaWQ9TGFuY2FzdGVyQzVAbWljaGlnYW4uZ292JnVzZXJpZD1MYW5jYXN0ZXJDNUBtaWNoaWdhbi5nb3YmZmw9JmV4dHJhPU11bHRpdmFyaWF0ZUlkPSYmJg==&&&108&&&https://jbrary.com/>   <http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTYxMDMxLjY1NzE5MDQxJm1lc3NhZ2VpZD1NREItUFJELUJVTC0yMDE2MTAzMS42NTcxOTA0MSZkYXRhYmFzZWlkPTEwMDEmc2VyaWFsPTE3MzU5NzEwJmVtYWlsaWQ9TGFuY2FzdGVyQzVAbWljaGlnYW4uZ292JnVzZXJpZD1MYW5jYXN0ZXJDNUBtaWNoaWdhbi5nb3YmZmw9JmV4dHJhPU11bHRpdmFyaWF0ZUlkPSYmJg==&&&109&&&https://jbrary.com/>


[magazine]Preschool Storytime Activity--- Coloring, Crafts or Open-Ended Art?

For all the years I conducted preschool storytimes, hearing that other librarians passed out coloring sheets at the end of their storytime really bothered me. Having received my master's degree in early childhood education, I knew that coloring sheets went against the concept of developmentally appropriate practice, especially as it relates to the promotion of children's creativity, critical thinking or problem solving. As I learned in my graduate classes, it would be far better to hand out a blank piece of paper and crayons, and have children draw and color something they enjoyed hearing about in storytime. Here is an article that cements the feelings that I had:

 "Coloring Books: Not My Idea of a Good Time."


Then, enter 2016, and one finds that coloring books are such a hit, that even adult coloring books have become best-sellers! Coloring books are now the thing!

Another popular activity some librarians employed was to hand children a paper bag and pre-cut pieces, and have them design (insert whatever the theme was for that day) something like a dog, cat, pig etc. which was to look exactly like the one the librarian had previously made and held up for examination. Again, I thought back to my early childhood classes, and remembered a teacher I had that literally gave a graduate student a failing grade for following her storytelling book with this type of activity. She was a world-renown educator, and I can still see her red face while blasting the student ---"What is the child learning? How to follow directions? How does this allow the child to have any creativity or make any decisions?" So trust me, I never made a paper bag puppet in my storytimes unless children colored it the way they wanted, or had different objects they could choose from to make their own original creation. Mary Ann Kohl's book Preschool Art: It's the Process, Not the Product! became my bible. And I only use open-ended art at the end of my storytimes, and, I made certain that my graduate library students in my Kent class that I (still) teach also knew the importance of open-ended art vs. pre-assembled crafts. There are tons of educational articles to back up this assertion. Here is one by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, which is the world's largest and most renown organization for early childhood educators:


After years of doing and teaching open-ended art, I was eventually attacked by some crafters at an educational conference  who were adamant that preschool crafts for children help children with fine motors skills, as well as listening skills. And they asserted, for some children, there is great pride in being able to reproduce a teacher/librarian made model.

So what are my thoughts now? I still recommend open-ended art as much as possible, but I guess I will concede the fact that an occasional coloring sheet or a follow-the-directions craft isn't all bad!


About Sue:

[Sue McCleaf Nespeca]Sue McCleaf Nespeca is an early literacy & children's literature specialist heading Kit Lit Plus Consulting. She is a trainer for the Every Child Ready to Read Project and The Very Ready Reading Program. In addition to her M.L.S., she has a M.Ed in Early Childhood with a specialty in early literacy.

Cathy Lancaster

Youth Services Coordinator

Library of Michigan


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