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EARL: Early Childhood Education

This guide is intended for students in the Early Childhood Education program. It will help you locate children's picture books in the Library collection, and conduct research using our online databases.


Do you need to plan a children's storytime? Are you interested in finding books that young children will find engaging?

  • First, think about your audience and their age, their attention span, and their interests.
  • Decide on a theme: a topic, a person, a holiday, etc.
  • Consider whether to include corresponding songs, activities, and crafts that the children can do.

This tab has many resources for planning a successful read-aloud program, such as books and websites.

As always, ask any librarian for assistance!

Books to Help Plan Storytime

Animal Shenanigans: 24 Creative, Interactive Story Programs for Preschoolers

Author: Rob Reid
Year: 2015
Location: Bethlehem & Monroe
"Animals have been a staple in children's books for decades. Author Rob Reid has created story program lesson plans featuring our four-legged, no-legged, winged, scaly, and feathered friends. You and your group will have a howling, barking, clucking, roaring good time!"--Publisher's description.

Read-Aloud Handbook, 7th edition

Author: Jim Trelease
Year: 2013
Location: Bethlehem
"The classic million-copy bestselling handbook on reading aloud to children, revised and updated. ...millions of parents and educators have turned to Jim Trelease's beloved classic for more than three decades to help countless children become avid readers through awakening their imaginations and improving their language skills. It has also been a staple in schools of education for new teachers. ...discusses the benefits, the rewards, and the importance of reading aloud to children of a new generation. ...offers proven techniques and strategies for helping children discover the pleasures of reading and setting them on the road to becoming lifelong readers"--Publisher's description.

Read! Move! Learn!

Author: Carol Totsky Hammett; Nicki Collins Geigert
Year: 2007
Location: Bethlehem
This book has more than 150 active learning experiences based on popular children's books. In addition to the activities for each featured children's book, you will find theme connections, lesson objectives, a vocabulary list, a concept list, and related children's books and music for hours of fun in the classroom!

Stories on the Move

Author: Arlene Cohen; Andrea Fitcha McAllister (Illustrator)
Year: 2007
Location: Bethlehem
"Energize your story programs by infusing them with the power of movement! his guide offers you dozens of interactive, ready-to-use, age-appropriate and story-based activities that get children actively involved in learning. The programs are designed to expand the child's self-awareness, range of expression, and aesthetic sensibility at particular stages of development, from infancy to puberty and are simple enough to be used by any educator, even if you have little or no dance experience. Included for each program are learning goals/skill development, a literature-story connection, and detailed instructions for movement and vocal improvisation and creative dramatics. A great resource for after school programs, home schools, and daycare centers"--Publisher's description.

StoryCraft: 50 Theme-Based Programs Combining Storytelling, Activities and Crafts for Children in Gr. 1-3

Author: Martha Seif Simpson; Lynne Perrigo
Year: 2001
Location: Bethlehem
"While storytelling is a great favorite of preschoolers, many elementary age children are drawn to crafts and activities. StoryCraft is an award-winning library program that combines the two for children in first through third grades. Each one-hour program includes storytelling, a craft, movement, activities, music, and discussion... Diagrams, detailed instructions, and supply lists support the crafts. The themes range from a Jungle Safari to Math Mayhem to a Western Roundup. Each session has plenty of suggestions for customizing. Helpful Hints will allow any librarian, volunteer, or parent turn a ho-hum storytime into a dazzling StoryCraft time"--Publisher's description.

Storytime Magic

Author: Kathy MacMillan; Christine Kirker
Year: 2008
Location: Bethlehem
"Provides a generous sampling of art and craft ideas, songs, and action rhymes, designed to help veteran librarians refresh and enliven ongoing programs, while providing novice storytime planners with what they need to get started"--Publisher's description.

Finding Reviews of New Children's Books

As much as we love reading classic stories to children, even they are bound to get tired of hearing Goodnight Moon (eventually)! To keep your book collection and storytime activities fresh, stay up to date with new titles being released by reading these publishing industry, library, and literary review magazines. Full-text articles are available from the library databases noted below; go to the NCC Libraries website and click on the Databases link to access them: