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Jul 15

Transforming Preschool Storytime: A Modern Vision and a Year of Programs (2013)

Posted on July 15, 2014 at 11:54 AM by Brian Herder

Transforming Preschool Storytime

Transforming Preschool Storytime: A Modern Vision and a Year of Programs (2013)

Betsy Diamant-Cohen and Melanie A. Hetrick

Item Number: 978-1-55570-805-4

Publisher: ALA Neal-Schuman


According to recent research, the best way to make new connections in a child’s brain is by building on something already known. A child who loves a book will listen to it repeatedly, maintaining interest. Using a selected book in a number of consecutive preschool storytimes, but presenting it differently each time, can help children learn new skill sets. This book presents a new approach to storytime, one that employs repetition with variety to create an experience which helps children connect and engage with the story on a higher level. Diamant-Cohen, recently awarded the 2013 ASCLA Leadership and Professional Achievement Award, and Hetrick offer a year’s worth of activities specifically designed to address multiple intelligences through a repetition-based process. Incorporating recent theories on developmental learning, this book includes

  • Scripts for 8 different books, with enough activities to repeat each one for six weeks, along with lists of optional alternative books
  • Planning aids such as outlines of storytime sessions, a fill-in-the-blanks planning sheet, questions for evaluation, and tips for enhanced storytimes using props and crafts 
  • Detailed but straightforward explanations of theory and research that will help readers communicate effectively with parents, caregivers, and other stakeholders

From setup to execution, here’s everything you need to create and implement a successful, elevated storytime.