For immediate release | May 23, 2016

Early literacy techniques for supercharged storytimes

CHICAGO— Based on the groundbreaking research of VIEWS2—the first systematic study of storytimes done to date— the new book “Supercharged Storytimes: An Early Literacy Planning and Assessment Guide,” published by ALA Editions, recommends simple interactive ways to emphasize early literacy techniques and encourage children to use and practice their pre-reading skills while preserving the delight inherent in storytime. And unlike many other storytime resources, authors Kathleen Campana, J. Elizabeth Mills, and Saroj Nadkarni Ghoting use the findings of VIEWS2 to offer guidance in performing assessment, as well as giving tips for planning and conducting storytimes. Put simply this book assists storytime presenters, children’s librarians, and others involved with early literacy by

  • presenting ready-to-use planning tools based on early learning benchmarks with a clear focus on developmental stages;
  • demonstrating how to foster early literacy development by inserting the VIEWS2 early literacy domains into the five practices from the second edition of Every Child Ready to Read® @ your Library®;
  • interweaving testimonials from storytime practitioners throughout the text to provide real-world insight;
  • showing how storytime presenters can connect with parents and caregivers to promote family engagement;
  • providing guidelines, worksheets, and recommendations for storytime assessment, with particular attention to self-reflection and peer-to-peer community learning;
  • highlighting professional development resources that encourage sharing and problem-solving within the larger community of children’s and youth librarians; and
  • providing administrators with research-based evidence that supports current and future advocacy for early literacy in public library programming for children.

Campana is a doctoral candidate at the University of Washington Information School. Her research focuses on the learning that occurs for children and youth in library programs and the role that family engagement plays in that learning. She has served as a research assistant on the VIEWS2 research grant for all four years. Mills is a doctoral student and a MLIS graduate from the University of Washington Information School. She has a background in children’s literature as an editor and author. She studies how librarians are planning and presenting their storytimes in terms of learning theory and interactivity with respect to technology in storytimes. She has been a research assistant on the grant for three years. Ghoting is an Early Childhood Literacy Consultant and national trainer on early literacy. She presents early literacy training and information sessions at national, regional, and state conferences, and training for library staff and their partners. A consultant for the Every Child Ready to Read @ your library early literacy initiative, she has coauthored four other books on early literacy and storytimes.

ALA Store purchases fund advocacy, awareness and accreditation programs for library professionals worldwide. ALA Editions publishes resources used worldwide by tens of thousands of library and information professionals to improve programs, build on best practices, develop leadership, and for personal professional development. ALA authors and developers are leaders in their fields, and their content is published in a growing range of print and electronic formats. Contact us at (800) 545-2433 ext. 5052 or

Related Links

"Supercharged Storytimes: An Early Literacy Planning and Assessment Guide"

"Engaging Babies in the Library: Putting Theory into Practice"

"More Storytime Magic"


Rob Christopher

Marketing Coordinator

American Library Association

ALA Publishing