Storytime and Beyond: Having Fun with Early Literacy

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by Kathy Barco and Melanie Borski-Howard

Published: October 2018

Pages: 130

Size: 8 1/2 x 11

Techniques for encouraging literacy through fun, imaginative, and musical storytimes.

Join the world of balloons, pancakes, and musical instruments—just a few items that can help to improve early literacy in the library, in the classroom, and at home. Literacy builders covered range from music and instruments to magnetic letters, alphabet beads, and even food.

Literacy is a popular topic of discussion among librarians. Especially important is "early literacy," what children know about reading and writing before they can actually read and write. In this book, experienced librarians Kathy Barco and Melanie Borski-Howard share hands-on techniques that they have used to successfully promote early literacy and encourage family involvement. 

Storytime and Beyond teaches readers how to use "literacy doodads"—inexpensive props that add excitement to storytimes and can be used outside the library or classroom—to enhance the basic components of any early literacy program: talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing. Many of the doodads can be created as family do-it-yourself projects, and some can be adapted to work with non-readers of any age. Instruments can also be a great way to get children's attention and teach literacy skills, whether it's a drum to beat while reading a story or a maraca for children to shake during a song, and lesson plans for musical storytimes address how to use rhythm, singing, and dancing to make early literacy fun.


  • Teaches librarians how to use storytimes to build literacy skills in pre-readers of all ages
  • Outlines all of the steps necessary to carry out pre-literacy storytimes, displays, and outreach activities with photos, examples, and instructions for librarians and families
  • Offers ideas for using inexpensive "doodads," especially those including letters of the alphabet, to build literacy skills
  • Details how the musical and nonmusical can add musical elements to storytime to improve literacy
  • Provides tips for engaging caretakers in storytime so that children may continue learning at home
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