Wordplay for kids

For Immediate Release
Mon, 03/09/2015


Rob Christopher

Marketing Coordinator

ALA Publishing

American Library Association



CHICAGO — Instilling a love of reading in a child pays dividends long after early literacy skills have been mastered.  As Tim Wadham demonstrates in “Wordplay for Kids: A Sourcebook of Poems, Rhymes, and Read-Alouds,” published by ALA Editions, the key to successful programming is to make children become participants, encouraging a “literary ear” and love of the beauty of language itself. To help children develop artful language patterns, correct grammar, and a large and rich vocabulary, this resource offers children’s librarians, school librarians and storytime leaders a range of complete programs for children ages 5-12 that introduce literature in a systematic way. Organized by age, each program:

  • begins with a list of suggested age-appropriate poems, ranging from choral poetry and nursery rhymes to short, humorous selections and longer narrative poems, all designed to be shared orally;
  • includes read-alouds that encourage engagement, such as folklore, fairy tales, mythology, and fables;
  • suggests an activity directly based on each read-aloud, with handy information about target audience and size, program length, setup time, and materials and supplies needed;
  • comes with a planning calendar showing the length of time necessary to complete the program;
  • features a booklist of additional titles that can be used to create even more programs.

Wadham was a former director of the Puyallup Public Library, in Puyallup, Washington and previously was also youth services coordinator for the Maricopa County Library District, in Phoenix, Arizona. Since 2002, he has been an adjunct professor for the University of Arizona Library School, teaching courses in children’s literature and youth services. He is also a children’s author and published his first picture book, “The Queen of France,” with Candlewick Press in 2011. He has written two other titles for ALA Neal-Schuman, including “Libros Esenciales: Building, Marketing, and Programming a Core Collection of Spanish Language Children's Materials.”

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