Pre-literacy programming—here, there, and everywhere

For Immediate Release
Thu, 02/21/2019


Rob Christopher

Marketing Coordinator

ALA Publishing

American Library Association


CHICAGO — Not only is Mother Goose on the Loose (MGOL), which was named an “outstanding resource” in a starred review by Library Journal, a fun-filled approach that nurtures early literacy and school readiness skills in young children, it’s also extremely flexible. Demonstrating how librarians, educators, and caregivers have adapted MGOL for a variety of settings, Betsy Diamant-Cohen’s “Mother Goose on the Loose—Here, There, and Everywhere,” published by ALA Editions, provides the inspiration and groundwork to enable others to do the same. Presented in easily readable modules, among the contexts explored are:

  • specific settings such as museums, outdoor venues, Early Head Starts, homes and home daycares, schools, prisons, and laundromats;
  • MGOL for children with special needs, children in hospitals, parents of premature infants, teen moms, and other special audiences;
  • multicultural MGOL, including programs in other languages and programs that focus on cultural heritage and religious traditions;
  • ways to use MGOL with adults, including mentoring educators, involving senior citizens, and training parents as facilitators; and
  • MGOL in libraries, including ways to adapt it for different age groups, parent-education programs, and as themed sessions for summer reading clubs.

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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