Today’s Literacy Fast Fact is all about block play! We know kids love playing and learning with blocks. Pair this one with the new title Blocks by Irene Dickson for a simple story with great diverse characters!
Today’s Literacy Fast Fact comes from this great article on dialogic reading from Reading Rockets.
Not sure what dialogic reading is? I can pretty much guarantee that you already do it. But even if you do, take a look at this article for some extra hints and ways to be more intentional in your reading practices. And then consider how you might pass that along to grown-ups in storytime!
And remember: books are important. Super important!
A couple weeks ago, someone shared this Instagram photo in the Storytime Underground Facebook group, and I LOVED it. It’s eye-catching and funny, and it drives home the point that storytime might look like fun and games, but it isn’t just fun and games, there is important work going on.
As youth librarians, our work can be undervalued or misunderstood, either by colleagues or by patrons. After all, all we do all day is read books, play with toys, and do crafts, right? WRONG. I decided that I wanted to use this image as an advocacy/marketing tool for storytime at my library, and I thought you might want to also! So here are two different images sharing this important message. Feel free to download them, tweak them, add to them, and use them to help share the message about the great work we do!
Today’s Literacy Fast Fact is a great reminder of the HUGE impact that storytime, books, and reading have, not just for a child’s future reading skills, but for other important life skills:
Early literacy helps kids be ready for school and life in SO many ways. Share this to help advocate for the importance of reading to kids!
This Fast Fact comes from Reach Out and Read.
Here’s our newest Lightning Round question! These questions are posed to all of our ninjas instead of just our featured monthly ones and are meant to be quick and efficient responses to some interesting inquiries. Here’s our question for this week which we’ve had a lot of responses for so this one’s a tid bit longer than most:
“Hi everyone. I am facing an unusual challenge next school year. I will be teaching my K-5 library lessons from a mobile cart that I will roll into each classroom. There will be no library that the students can visit. I will be doing lessons, checking in, checking out and doing story time from a cart. I am absolutely overwhelmed by the very thought. Has anyone out there done this? Have any tips? Thank you!”
I haven’t done this in a school librarian capacity, but as a public librarian when we do outreach, we’re often visiting multiple classrooms with just the stuff we’re carrying. What helps me keep everything straight is going in with a plan (usually written down) for each classroom and keeping my materials in the order that I’ll use them. We usually bring bags of books, props, etc. around with us, so I’ll try to arrange it so the book I need first is on top and I can just go through the bag in order. If I’m repeating the same storytime for multiple classrooms, it gets easier with each repetition. If I’m presenting different materials for each classroom, it really helps me to have a separate tote bag for each classroom so I can go straight for what I need without having to dig around too much. This could maybe translate into separate sections or shelves on your cart, or if your cart is full of books the kids can check out, you might think about using tote bags or rolling crates to keep your storytime/lesson materials separate and easily accessible.
From Soraya S. (@vivalosbooks):
I’m a Youth Services Librarian in a public library so I haven’t been in that situation before but I do go to schools regularly throughout the week and have done classroom to classroom visits. On days when I know I’m visiting more than one class, I bring a rolling cart separated by which materials I’m using for which classroom. So my storytimes are catered for each specific age group and I’m sure to separate the materials appropriately. That is such an interesting design and a challenge! I definitely think it’s manageable though as long as you know each day what grades/classes you’ll be at and can set up your cart to easily transition as you changes rooms. Organization is key and you’ll be fantastic!
Thanks for all the great responses everyone! Do you have any of your own? We’d love to hear about them in the comments!