CHICAGO — Music programs have been scaled back or eliminated altogether from the curricula of many schools. Luckily, storytimes offer ideal opportunities for music and songs. “Let's Start the Music: Programming for Primary Grades,” published by ALA Editions, is a collection of easy-to-use, easy-to-adapt library programs for children in grades K-3. Amy Brown connects songs and musical activities directly to books kids love to read. Offering several thematic programs, complete with stories, songs and flannelboard and other activities, her book includes:
- music activities, lists of music-related books, mix-and-match activities and additional web resources;
- terrific tips on how to teach songs to young children;
- ways to develop original songs and rhythms to enliven children’s books.
Brown has 14 years’ experience working in libraries and is currently a library manager for Worthington Libraries in Worthington, Ohio. She has presented at state and national conferences, taught workshops for libraries and written articles on using music and the theory of multiple intelligences in children’s programming.