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Mother Goose on the Loose
Mother Goose on the Loose is an award-winning early literacy program for children from birth to age 3 with their parents or caregivers. The Indiana State Library will occasionally offer free workshops on MGOL and I highly recommend them if you ever have the chance to go!
Mother Goose on the Loose
The website offers information on this early literacy program including videos and other resources.
Mother Goose on the Loose by Let Mother Goose on the loose in your library and jump-start children's learning and brain development. Here are activities that will build motor, music, social, and preliteracy skills in infants and toddlers. Mother Goose on the Loose incorporates books, rhymes, fingerplays, flannelboard stories, music, dance, and child-parent interaction into dynamic programs that will bring whole families into the library. Award-winning program creator Betsy Diamant-Cohen offers this valuable manual that helps librarians and educators create their own Mother Goose on the Loose (MGOL) routines with ready-to-use plans and materials. The guide features ten MGOL programs - each one with complete scripts and instructions In addition, you'll find planning and scheduling sheets for implementing the program and instructions for designing your own original MGOL sessions. Chapters outline the learning process for infants and toddlers, including the importance of repetition, ritual, play, reading, movement, and music; provide tips for communicating with parents; and suggest ways to incorporate books, instruments, and props.Diamant-Cohen includes suggestions for expanding and evaluating the MGOL program and a list of FAQs (and answers) for sharing with parents and administrators. The companion CD-ROM features all of the rhymes and songs as well as a complete Mother Goose on the Loose script.
Publication Date: 2005-01-01
Babies Need Words Every Day
Babies Need Words Every Day was launched by ALA in 2015 and consists of sharable resources designed to bridge the 30 Million Word Gap by providing parents with proven ways to build their children's literacy skills.
Great Books for Baby Storytimes
For baby and toddler storytimes, I typically choose books with animals, body parts, colors or known rhymes and songs to read. Also, anything featuring a baby! Babies tend to love seeing themselves in books! Always feel free to be repetitive with your books for storytimes with these ages too. If there is a book you know they love, read it every week or every other week if you want to. They will love it!
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?and Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? beginning readers: These beloved children's stories are now available in beginning reader format. With the important pre-reading concepts of rhyme, rhythm, and repetition, these picture books have long been used as beginning readers. Now, with a 6" x 9" trim and a classic beginning reader layout, children will have a more "grown up" version to read by themselves. Complete with an introduction by master educator Laura Robb, and with fun reading activities added, these new versions ofBrown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? and PolarBear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? are certain to appeal to a new age group and find an even wider audience.
Publication Date: 2010-07-20
The Babies on the Bus by The babies on the bus sing LA-LA-LA! LA-LA-LA! LA-LA-LA! Jump on the bus with Karen Katz's adorable babies as they take a classic song for an all-new ride! This irresistible board book by the popular author of The Colors of Us, Counting Kisses, and Where Is Baby's Belly Button?will steal your heart.
Publication Date: 2013-08-20
From Head to Toe by From Eric Carle, the New York Times bestselling creator of beloved books including The Very Hungry Caterpillar and The Grouchy Ladybug, comes From Head to Toe, a colorful and energetic book that will have young readers clapping their hands, stomping their feet, and wiggling their toes! Giraffes can bend their necks, monkeys can wave their hands, and donkeys can kick their legs. And so can you! Throughout this interactive book, the animals of From Head to Toe invite young readers to copy their antics as they play. Through Carle's vibrant collages and simple instructions, children will learn the importance of listening, exercising, and taking on a new challenge. Join the giraffes, monkeys, donkeys, seals, and more for a frolicking, fun adventure!
Publication Date: 1997-03-28
Chugga Chugga Choo-Choo by Kids love trains, and Kevin Lewis and illustrator Daniel Kirk's Chugga-Chugga Choo-Choo will do nothing but encourage the obsession. "Sun's up! / Morning's here. / Up and at 'em, / engineer," cheerfully begins this rhyming picture book. As the simple large-lettered text chugs along, Daniel Kirk brings a child's playroom and train set to life with bold, bright illustrations reminiscent of his work in Bigger. In the course of the book, the toys bustle about to make sure the steam engine is loaded up with freight and finds its way (through the country, 'round the mountains, into tunnels, and across the river) to its destination--the city. There the "sleepy-sleepy choo-choo" rests, right next to a tired little boy, until the next day's work begins: "To theroundhouse/ you are bound. / Good night, engine, / safe and sound." (Baby to preschool)
Publication Date: 2001-03-05
Jbrary - Baby and Toddler Storytime
A variety of resources including videos, books, program outlines, rhymes, etc. A wonderful website for those working with babies and toddlers.
A children's librarian's blog with a lot of great ideas for storytimes and flannel board activities!
Burnaby Public Library
Books, music and games for newborns to one-year-olds.
Infant and Toddler Programming Books