A guide to interactive storytimes with music and movement

For Immediate Release
Tue, 10/08/2019


Rob Christopher

Marketing Coordinator

ALA Publishing

American Library Association



CHICAGO — Alyssa Jewell’s new book “Move, Play, Learn: Interactive Storytimes with Music, Movement, and More,” published by ALA Editions, encourages children to learn by getting inside stories while interacting with others. Research shows that this kind of play stimulates the senses, provides connections to all four lobes of the brain, touches on a variety of intelligences, and heightens social and emotional awareness—all while extending the early literacy practices of Every Child Ready to Read® and preparing children for school. And because there are no crafts to cut out, no snacks to pack, no scripts to memorize, and no story kits to make, it’s one of the simplest, most cost-effective storytime models to implement. Featuring a Foreword by Jamie Campbell Naidoo, this complete guide shows the way, offering:

  • 20 ready-to-use storytime plans tailored to specific age groups, including babies, toddlers, preschool and all-ages programs, a real time-saver for storytime organizers and presenters;
  • advice and best practices gleaned from interviews with professionals who specialize in storytimes, music making with children and families, yoga storytime, and drama education; and
  • lists of recommended resources, from interactive print books to children’s music and videos available digitally, with tips on choosing the best materials.

Jewell is a musician and children’s library specialist from Birmingham, Alabama. Before entering the library world, she graduated from Emerson College with a degree in theatre education and a minor in psychology. She is certified to teach grades K–12 and has taught theater, music, and movement in a variety of educational settings. She has also cowritten three musicals for young audiences and four indie rock albums.

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