For immediate release | September 15, 2011

Kathy MacMillan and Christine Kirker conjure up kindergarten magic

CHICAGO—“Kindergarten Magic: Theme-Based Lessons for Building Literacy and Library Skills,” published by ALA Editions, is a time-saving program planner for librarians and classroom teachers alike, including everything needed to get started—reading lists, flannelboard patterns, poems, songs, easy crafts, even take-home activities to extend the learning process. Kathy MacMillan and Christine Kirker, the bestselling authors of “Storytime Magic: 400 Fingerplays, Flannelboards, and Other Activities,” offer scores of creative ideas, including

  • Activities keyed to popular classroom themes, with one chapter for each week of the school year;
  • Lessons that reinforce skills in key learning areas such as reading, writing and math;
  • American Sign Language and Spanish language activities that make diversity awareness a part of children’s learning;
  • Teachable concepts that can be mixed and rearranged for maximum flexibility, complementing classroom schedules.

MacMillan is a writer, American Sign Language interpreter, librarian and storyteller. She is also the author of “Try Your Hand at This! Easy Ways to Incorporate Sign Language into Your Programs.” 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, Christine 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 offers training and resources for enhancing storytimes through Storytime Stuff.

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