We hope you will use these videos to create a storytime experience at home. We’ve included eight categories of interactive storytime elements from welcome songs to closing rhymes with a few favorite rhymes and songs for in between. We’ve included everything you need except the books. We hope you have some of those at home, so you can set up a cozy reading time with the children in your care and use our videos to supplement the experience.It’s Storytime at Home! Use our search tool to find your favorite songs and activities and sing along with us!
LET’S PRACTICE: We are dedicating each day of the week to one of the five practices developed through the American Library Association’s Every Child Ready to Read initiative: talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing. Every day we will post a prompt to our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages to give families concrete ideas for practice.
Talking with and around young children helps build vocabulary. The more words a child knows, the easier it will be to sound them out when the time comes. And talking builds narrative skills, helping children understand how words and sentences fit together to tell stories and impart information.
Singing involves sounding different syllables on different notes, helping children understand how words can be separated into smaller parts. And many songs include rhyme and meter, giving children experience with the patterns of language.
Reading to children allows them to associate books and stories with closeness and intimacy, making it an especially treasured activity. And reading near and around children lets them see how reading operates, and know it is valued by the important adults in their lives.
Writing helps children understand that words on the page originated as someone else’s thoughts and ideas. Practicing writing can include both handwriting, building fine motor skills with a pencil or crayon, and composition, arranging alphabet blocks or magnetic letters into words.
Playing builds bonds between parent and child, supporting all of the other practices (and making life happy, to boot). Creative play fosters healthy imagination, preparing children to dive into other people’s stories, and create stories of their own.
Let us know how the Five Practices are helping you and your young children get ready to read!
Every Child Ready to Read
Every Child Ready to Read is a project of the American Library Association designed to help young children build early literacy: what they need to know about reading before they learn to read. The program identifies five practices that families can engage in with their young children to gain knowledge, build skills, and develop enthusiasm about reading. By talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing, regularly and intentionally, families can pave the way for success in school and a lifetime of reading enjoyment.
ONLINE RESOURCES FOR EARLY LEARNERS
We are hard at work finding online resources for our Early Learners while the libraries are closed. We will be updating this page with new resources as they become available.
LIBRARY RESOURCES FOR EARLY LEARNERS
Take a look at some of the handy booklists we have built right into the library catalog.
Our whopping selection of books (board books, picture books, nonfiction books, beginning reader books) means kids can fill their homes with the sort of literary variety to inspire a lifelong love of reading. Choosing just the right picture book is a critical decision (“Read it AGAIN!”) and we love helping you find the perfect books for you to read aloud (over and over and over).
Programs for toddlers and preschoolers give families a place to come together to learn, play, and share in the joy of story. Read more about our variety of storytimes or check our calendar to find a storytime near you!
For our youngest patrons, the library is a place of discovery. Early Learning Centers in every library provide opportunities for imaginative play, encouraging skills that lay the groundwork for later success in school.