For immediate release | January 17, 2019

An update to the classic Mother Goose on the Loose pre-literacy resource

CHICAGO — Named an “outstanding resource” in a starred review by Library Journal, Betsy Diamant-Cohen’s Mother Goose on the Loose (MGOL) incorporates books, rhymes, fingerplays, flannelboards, music, dance, and child-parent interaction into dynamic programs that bring whole families into the library. Its research-based approach to helping young children learn has made the book a bestseller, and the newly revised “Mother Goose on the Loose, Updated!” now includes additional research, information, and tips. Filled with ready-to-use plans and activities that build motor, music, social, emotional, and pre-literacy skills in infants and toddlers, this resource published by ALA Editions includes:

  • planning sheets for implementing the program;
  • guidance on designing new MGOL sessions, plus five MGOL programs with complete scripts and instructions, easily adaptable as needed;
  • ways to adapt MGOL for different cultures and languages and to address social justice concerns;
  • suggestions for incorporating digital media such as tablets;
  • tips for communicating with parents, library administrators, and stakeholders;
  • research findings on the learning process for infants and toddlers, including the importance of repetition, ritual, play, reading, movement, and music; and
  • links to additional online resources such as music, sample participant surveys, and promotional tools.

Diamant-Cohen was awarded the 2018 Alexandre Vattermare Award for Creativity in Libraries for the creation and development of the "Mother Goose on the Loose" program, which has been nationally-replicated. She presents training workshops, webinars, and online courses for librarians across the US. Her website is and Twitter handle is @MGOtL.

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Related Links

"Mother Goose on the Loose, Updated!"

"Mother Goose on the Loose—Here, There, and Everywhere"

"Lessons Inspired by Picture Books for Primary Grades (AASL Standards–Based Learning Series)"


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