For immediate release | June 11, 2012

Multicultural storytime magic all year long

CHICAGO — Storytime audiences grow ever more diverse, and it’s important that the materials used in programs reflect that richness of experience. Multiculturalism should not be an occasional initiative attached to particular holidays. In “Multicultural Storytime Magic,” published by ALA Editions, best-selling authors Kathy MacMillan and Christine Kirker offer a new paradigm for multicultural programs. With the same infectious sense of fun they brought to “Storytime Magic: 400 Fingerplays, Flannelboards, and Other Activities,” they show how diversity can be woven into any and every storytime, no matter what the topic. Arranged thematically around dozens of popular storytime themes, the authors:

  • Present original and traditional resources from all over the world that will enrich storytimes for ages 2 through 5;
  • Offer concrete book recommendations, fingerplays and other activities that can be integrated into existing storytimes;
  • Include download links for flannelboard and stick puppet patterns and illustrations of American Sign Language signs.

MacMillan is a writer, American Sign Language interpreter, librarian and storyteller and is also the author of “Try Your Hand at This! Easy Ways to Incorporate Sign Language into Your Programs” and “ A Box Full of Tales.” Her library career includes work at the Maryland School for the Deaf and Carroll County (Md.) Public Library. She presents storytelling programs introducing sign language through Stories By Hand and offers training and resources for enhancing storytimes through Storytime Stuff.

Kirker is a children’s library associate with the Carroll County (Md.) Public Library. Since joining the library staff in 2005 she has developed and presented many programs for children of all ages. Previously, she spent 10 years at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) as a research analyst for the Office of Institutional Research. She also presents training and programs introducing ways to enhance storytimes through Storytime Stuff.

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Related Links

"Multicultural Storytime Magic"

"Kindergarten Magic: Theme-Based Lessons for Building Literacy and Library Skills"

"Storytime Magic: 400 Fingerplays, Flannelboards, and Other Activities"


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