Early Literacy

         A great article to understanding how to integrate early literacy initiatives into storytime is “Early Literacy Storytimes @ Your Library: Partnering with Caregivers for Success” by Saroj Nadkarni Ghoting and Pamela Martin-Díaz. It really opened my eyes to all the ways that librarians can promote literacy to infants and toddlers.  This brought a whole new level of what can be done in story time to promote literacy and caregivers importance to allow for such activity.

       They expand on six skills that are important to early literacy development. The authors explain what it is, how to incorporate it into storytime, what to tell caregivers, and provide examples of what to say or do. The formats that are used in storytime are picture book; flannel or magnet board; rhymes, songs,and finger play; movement; activity, writing, craft; and take home activity. The concepts of print motivation, phonological awareness, vocabulary, narrative skills, print awareness, letter knowledge can even be used in most formats not just in picture books. the authors stress sticking with books and resources you know but just enhancing the skills shown in those materials to the children.  

          I think that any Youth Service Librarian that faciliates storytime should be aware of these skills and using one or more in their programs. This was a informative article in understanding storytime as a avenue for early literacy and stressing the need for caregiver involvement. All Youth Services programmers and librarians can benefit from reading this. I certainly have and now I know how important these things are to infant development.  


Saroj Nadkarni Ghoting and Pamela Martin-Díaz, Early Literacy Storytimes @ Your Library: Partnering with Caregivers for Success pp. 3-43


3 thoughts on “Early Literacy

  1. This article was eyeopening, I was unaware of all the possibilities for story-time. I was suffering under the delusion that story-time was a straight forward type of program. I was a little overwhelmed by all the skills that a good story-time should try to cover. However, at the same time it was good to find out about all the helpful skills that story-time can give children, beyond simple listening skills and enjoyment.

  2. This article was eyeopening. To be honest, I thought storytime was just reading books. I vaguely remember finger puppets at story time. I had no idea so much more goes into this. It seems odd giving a lesson to parents in the middle of the story, even if it is just a brief statement or two. Do you think that takes the child’s attention away from the story? Or is the lesson before story time begins? Either way, I think it is a wonderful idea, which I had no idea existed.

  3. Just to elaborate off this article, I once went to a story time that demonstrated what this article was suggesting for a successful story time very well. There was never even a story! To bring in new parents, the librarians did a sing along story time where they played clapping games, danced, and sang songs for about 20 minutes with younger children. They chose to do this during the summer when attendance was often unexpected because of vacationing, and with their summer reading program, the prep was not to overwhelming for all the time constraints. Like others said I often thought of story time as I would read aloud in school, but this was not the case when I experienced it. Great Summary!

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