A versatile handbook for storytime programs

For Immediate Release
Wed, 09/16/2015


Rob Christopher

Marketing Coordinator

ALA Publishing

American Library Association



CHICAGO — Librarians, teachers, parents and caregivers can energize storytimes and curricula with “The Handbook for Storytime Programs,” published by ALA Editions. A companion volume to “The Handbook for Storytellers,” Judy Freeman and Caroline Feller Bauer’s entertaining resource is filled with engaging and creative ways to integrate storytelling and story-related materials into programs for children, ages birth-12. Readers will find a treasure trove of tales, books, songs and poems to share, plus a host of exciting and easily adaptable children’s literature-based activities. This handbook provides:

  • descriptions of a variety of programs for young children, from lap times for babies to programs for toddlers and nursery school age children, on up to grade 2;
  • a “quicklist” of 150 thematic program-starters for children ages 1-7, on popular topics such as animals, the natural world, families, vehicles and holidays;
  • story jokes, think stories, convoluted logic puzzlers, scary tales, funny stories and dozens of other thematic program-starters for tweens;
  • methods for telling stories using pictures, objects, crafts, puppetry, songs, creative drama and magic;
  • materials such as story scripts, songs, wordplay, poems, annotated booklists and non-narrative sources for storytelling;
  • and guidance to help story programmers pull together cohesive themed programs and story hours.

Freeman is a former school librarian; an adjunct professor at Pratt Institute in New York, teaching courses in children’s literature and storytelling; an international speaker and performer for children, teachers, librarians and parents; a children’s book reviewer; and the author of more than a dozen professional books about children’s literature and storytelling. She continues to work closely with librarians, teachers and hundreds of students at several elementary schools to test out new books, ideas and ways to incorporate literature into children’s lives.

Bauer (1935–2013) was a public librarian, professor of children’s literature, radio personality, international speaker and performer, author of 19 children’s books and professional books about children’s literature for adults and a tireless cheerleader for literacy and storytelling.

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