A unique kit for early literacy

Contact: Jill Davis

ALA Editions

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For Immediate Release

October 20, 2009

CHICAGO – ALA Editions, the publishing imprint of the American Library Association (ALA), announces the release of “The Early Literacy Kit,” by Betsy Diamant-Cohen and Saroj Nadkarni Ghoting. This innovative and practical kit developed by two well known specialists in the field of early literacy contains everything storytime presenters need to spread the word about school readiness skills. The kit includes:

  • An accessible handbook with a resource section
  • 105 reusable tip cards with coordinated activities
  • A concise summary of important early literacy research

Designed with program planners in mind, this resource gives parents and caregivers of children from birth to age 5 an ideal tool for achieving school readiness.

Dr. Betsy Diamant-Cohen is the early childhood specialist at Port Discovery children's museum in Baltimore, Md. She developed the award-winning "Mother Goose on the Loose" early literacy program, which won the Godfrey Award for excellence in public library programming, and in 2004 was named a "Mover and Shaker" by Library Journal. She earned her doctorate in communications design from the University of Baltimore and her master’s degree in library science from Rutgers.

Saroj Nadkarni Ghoting is an early childhood literacy consultant. A children's librarian for more than 30 years, Ghoting is the coauthor of the best-selling “
Early Literacy Storytimes @ your library” and one of the national trainers for the "Every Child Ready to Read @ your library" program, an early literacy initiative co-sponsored by the Public Library Association and the Association for Library Service to Children. She received her bachelor’s from Oberlin College (OH) and her master’s in library science from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

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