For immediate release | February 25, 2014

Cooking up a storytime with mix-and-match menus

CHICAGO — Children’s librarians and caregivers tired of leftovers now have a new resource for storytimes that integrate books and games with math, science and early literacy activities. “Cooking Up a Storytime: Mix-and-Match Menus for Easy Programming,” published by ALA Editions, features kids’ favorite topics, like animals, families, farms and food. Author Susan Anderson-Newham offers up a book full of delicious and nutritious storytimes that will engage young ones while easing their transition to school. Whether readers are hungry for a full-course feast or prefer to order à la carte, this flexible resource dishes up:

  • practical, up-to-date early literacy information that helps storytime organizers understand how children grow and learn;
  • detailed program menus to enable storytime planners to establish uniformity in content, important for early literacy;
  • original flannelboard activities, poems, games and fingerplays incorporating science, math, and poetry;
  • a varied selection of mix-and-match books to help create appealing, perfectly seasoned menus.

Anderson-Newham has been the early learning supervising librarian at Pierce County Library in Washington State since 2006. Before that she was a children’s reference librarian in King County, Wash. She has also been a professional storyteller, performing at bookstores, local schools, libraries and other venues. She is an active member of ALSC and PLA as well as several national associations that promote excellence in early childhood education. She has written two humorous pieces for Children and Libraries and is the editor of the Pierce County Library Early Learning Newsletter.

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Related Links

"Cooking Up a Storytime: Mix-and-Match Menus for Easy Programming"

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"A Year in the Story Room: Ready-to-Use Programs for Children"


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