Storytime resources

For understanding child development


Bardige, Betty. Talk to Me, Baby: How You Can Support Young Children’s Language Development. Paul H. Brookes (2009)

Bickart, Toni. Reading Right from the Start: What Parents Can Do in the First Five Years. Washington, DC: Teaching Strategies, 2000. (also available in Spanish)

Blackemore, Caroline. Baby Read-Aloud Basics.  NY: American Management Assn., 2006.

Butler, Dorothy.  Babies Need Books: Sharing the Joy of Books with Children from Birth to Six.  Portsmouth, NH:Heinemann, 1998.

Lerner, Claire and Amy Dombro. Learning & Growing Together: Understanding and Supporting Your Child’s Development.  Washington, DC: Zero to Three, 2000. (understanding teen parents)

Marino, Jane. Babies in the Library. NY: Scarecrow Press, 2007.

Schickedanz, Judith. Much More than the ABCs: The Early Stages of Reading and Writing. Washington, DC: NAEYC, 1999. (child development)


Begin Smart Books   video on sharing books

Children of the Code

Children's Defense Fund - statistics, advocacy

Colorin Colorado  for educators and parents, bilingual English/Spanish

Early literacy:  - Saroj Ghoting—storytimes and early literacy

Zero to Three.

For creating infant/toddler programs


Charner, Kathy, et al.  The Encylopedia of Infant and Toddler Activities for Children Birth to 3.  Beltsville, MD: Gryphon House, 2006. Written by Teachers For Teachers.

Chorao, Kay. Knock at the Door and Other Baby Action Rhymes.  NY: Dutton, 1999.

Cobb, Jane. What’ll I Do with the Baby-O? Nursery Rhymes, Songs and Stories for Babies.  Vancouver, BC: Black Sheep Press, 2007.

Diamant-Cohen, Betsy and Saroj Ghoting Early Literacy Kit: A Handbook and Tip Cards.  Chicago: ALA (2009)  Includes tips for school readiness domains

Diaman-Cohen, Betsy  Early Literacy Programming in Español: Mother Goose on the Loose  Programs for Bilingual Learners. NY: Neal-Schuman, 2010. Includes cd of songs

Diamant-Cohen, Betsy. Mother Goose on the Loose.  NY: Neal-Schuman, 2006. includes cd of songs

Dunn, Opal. Hippety-Hop Hippety-Hay: Growing with Rhymes from Birth to Age Three.  NY: Henry Holt, 1999.

Ernst, Linda. Baby Rhyming Time.  NY: Neal-Schuman, 2008. includes cd of songs

Ghoting, Saroj and Pamela Martin-Diaz. Early Literacy Storytimes @ your library: Partnering with Parents for Success.  Chicago: ALA, 2006. (storytime ideas)

Ghoting, Saroj and Pamela Martin-Diaz. Storytimes for Everyone! Developing Young Children’s Language and Literacy.  Chicago: ALA Editions  2012

Kleiner, Lynn. Kids Make Music, Babies Make Music, Too! Miami, FL: Music Rhapsody, 1998.

Larson, Jeanette.  for the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) El día de los niños/El día de los libros: Building a Culture of Literacy in Your Community through Día.  Chicago: ALA Editions, 2011. (Storytime and cultural celebration ideas for initially for Spanish speakers but now expanded to included other languages.)

Maddigan, Beth. The Big Book of Stories, Songs, and Sing-Alongs: Programs for Babies, Toddlers, and Families.  Westport, Conn.: Libraries Unlimited, 2003. (storytime ideas, background information,   very user-friendly)

MacMillan, Kathy and Kirker, Christine.  Multicultural Storytime Magic. Chicago: ALA Editions, 2012.

MacMillan, Kathy and Kirker, Christine.  Storytime Magic: 400 Fingerplays, Flannelboards, and Other Activities.  Chicago: ALA Editions, 2009.

Scott, Anne. Laughing Baby: Remembering Nursery Rhymes and Reasons. Songs and Rhymes from Around the World. Berkeley, CA: Celestial Arts, 2000.

Treviño, Rose Zertuche.   Read Me a Rhyme in Spanish and English.  Chicago: ALA Editions, 2009.