Rob Reid’s animal shenanigans

For Immediate Release
Tue, 12/09/2014


Rob Christopher

Marketing Coordinator

ALA Publishing

American Library Association


CHICAGO — Featuring our four-legged, no-legged, winged, scaled and feathered friends, “Animal Shenanigans: Twenty-four Creative, Interactive Story Programs for Preschoolers,” published by ALA Editions, is a new series of story program lesson plans from bestselling author Rob Reid that will help librarians and teachers unleash kids’ curiosity and learning. Using a combination of high-quality picture books, fingerplays, movement activities, songs and games, these ready-to-use, mix-and-match lesson plans focus on universal themes such as family, friendship, and school—but with animal protagonists. Useful for both school and public libraries, for teaching as well as collection development, Reid’s book:

  • includes two dozen complete 30-minute story programs for preschoolers that can also be adapted for K–2 children;
  • offers 70 new “in-between” activities such as fingerplays and movement activities, songs and musical activities, chants, creative dramatics, imagination exercises and more;
  • provides alternate book lists at the end of each story plan so readers can further customize their own storytimes;
  • gives tips on how to energize presentations and encourage audience participation.

Reid is the very popular author of numerous books on children’s programming for ALA Editions. He has also written resource books for Upstart Books, as well as two picture books. In addition, he writes regular columns on programming and children’s literature for LibrarySparks and Book Links magazines. He teaches courses on children’s and adolescent literature and a variety of library topics at the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire. He conducts workshops throughout North America on ways to make literature come alive for children. His website is Rappin' Rob.

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