Category Archives: Resource Depot

Resource Depot: Re-thinking Library Spaces



Library Spaces

This week, we’re bringing you inspiration to re-think and re-vamp your spaces. Let’s take a fresh look at our furniture, our floors, our bathrooms, and consider how they could be more.


Articles and Blog Posts

Abby’s write-up on making her space more accessible.

Kelly has a series of transformations she’s made to her space.

Brooke has the best early literacy centers!

Use the underside of tables!

Book bins can make your collection more browsing-friendly for kids.



Resource Depot: The Importance of Play



“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.”
– Fred Rogers

This week, we’re bringing you resources to build a deeper understanding of play and its importance to early learning.


Early Literacy Beyond Circle Time- Integrating Language & Literacy into Play, by Melissa Depper and Laurie Anne Armstrong

Our beloved Mel and the brilliant Laurie Anne Armstrong showcase powerful books for storytime and also discuss related activities to boost learning through play.

The Power of Playful Learning in Early Education: How Guided Play Sparks Social and Academic Outcomes by Kathy Hirsh-Pasek

Do you include a playtime in your storytimes or offer other play-based preschool programs? Kathy Hirsh-Pasek will demonstrate how you can set up guided play activities and provide the scaffolding children need to build knowledge and language.

Must-Read Blog Posts

Storytiming: Story Dictation

Cate talks about letting children be the leaders in dramatic play and quotes one really amazing author and teacher. Imagine letting children tell a story with puppets, writing down the story, reading it back to them, and also being able to use what you wrote to help a child realize that the words he speaks can be found on pages, too!

Sturdy for Common Things: The Picture Show

This post is everything! It’s playing and writing and talking, it’s social and narrative skills, and it’s awesome!

Reading with Red: Mail time!
Please read all of Brooke’s early literacy center posts, but especially this one where children wrote to their favorite characters and then those characters wrote back. Dramatic play and writing, for the win!
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