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Storytime Magic: 400 Fingerplays, Flannelboards, and Other Activities

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$ 43.20
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ALA Editions
8 12"
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A, C, G
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Enriching and supplementing storytelling programs with fingerplays, flannelboards, and other props will be a cinch thanks to this generous sampling of art and craft ideas, songs, and action rhymes. This time-saving resource includes

  • Thematic organization to make program planning easy
  • Recommended books for each theme
  • Easy-to-follow craft and flannelboard patterns
  • Quick Tips boxes that enhance the early literacy component

A unique addition to the programming shelf, this treasure trove of storytime tools is designed to help veteran librarians refresh and enliven ongoing programs, while providing novice storytime planners what they need to get started!

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Kathy MacMillan

Kathy MacMillan is a freelance writer, American Sign Language interpreter, librarian, and storyteller. She has contributed articles to Public Libraries, American Libraries, School Library Journal, Voice of Youth Advocates, and LibrarySparks, and is the author of Try Your Hand at This!: Easy Ways to Incorporate Sign Language into Your Programs (Scarecrow Press, 2006), A Box Full of Tales: Easy Ways to Share Library Resources through Story Boxes (ALA Editions, 2008), and Storytime Magic (with Christine Kirker, ALA Editions, 2009). Her book Kindergarten Magic, also co-written with Kirker, will be published by ALA Editions in 2011. She was the Library/Media Specialist at the Maryland School for the Deaf from 2001 to 2005, and prior to that was a children's librarian at Carroll County Public Library and Howard County Library, where she developed and presented hundreds of programs for all ages. She holds an MLS from the University of Maryland, College Park, and has been reviewing for School Library Journal since 1999. Kathy presents storytelling programs introducing sign language for thousands of children and families each year through Stories By Hand.

Christine Kirker

Christine Kirker is a library associate with the Carroll County (Maryland) Public Library. Since joining the library staff in 2005, Christine has developed and presented many programs for children of all ages, including monthly preschool science programs. She is the coauthor of Storytime Magic (ALA Editions, 2009), Kindergarten Magic (ALA Editions, 2011), and Multicultural Storytime Magic (ALA Editions, 2012). Previously, Christine spent ten years at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) as a research analyst for the Office of Institutional Research. She graduated from UMBC in 1992. Christine presents trainings and programs introducing ways to enhance storytimes through Storytime Stuff.

"Both new and veteran storytellers will appreciate this book."
--School Library Journal

"There are lots of ideas here on common themes both in the real world and the world of imagination."
--Teacher Librarian

"Organised into chapters based on 16 themes, it is easy for the reader to find a story and associated activity to bring storytimes to life. Although written for librarians, the chosen themes follow topics common to many units of work in early education, and the stories and activities could easily be adapted by teachers to enhance either an integrated or trans-disciplinary unit of work."
--The Australian Library Journal