The Storytime Sourcebook: A Compendium of Ideas and Resources for Storytellers

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For librarians, teachers, media specialists and others who work with children three to seven years old, this book has updated topics designed to broaden children's experience with literature and help you formulate programs related to their physical, emotional, and intellectual needs while encouraging them to share experiences with their peers.

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Cullum, a seasoned children's librarian, has revised the 1990 edition of this resource guide for planning storytime programs aimed at three- to seven-year-olds. As in the earlier edition, she recommends books, audiovisual media, activities, and crafts for theme-based storytimes. Forty-six new themes have been added, and resources for repeated themes have been updated. The suggested filmstrips have been replaced with videos, but a number of these are 60 minutes or more in length, making them questionable for storytime use. A new "topical calendar" listing monthly holidays and observances is a helpful tool for choosing themes. Unfortunately, some crucial missing information is likely to frustrate users. References to recorded songs lack the names of artists or publishers; an appendix lists distributors of CDs and cassettes, but without knowing the basic details about a recording, there is no way to know which one to contact. As in the first edition, the bibliography omits ISBNs or illustrators (a major flaw where picture books are concerned). There are no synopses or suggested age levels for books, making it difficult to decide which titles are worth obtaining. Although a starting point for program planning, its shortcomings make this only a secondary purchase.
-Rachel Quenk, Thomas Memorial Lib., Cape Elizabeth, ME
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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For 10 years the first edition of The Storytime Sourcebook (1990) has provided helpful suggestions for books, activities, crafts, films, and filmstrips to be used in library storytimes for young children. The new edition is a hefty, large-format paperback featuring one theme on each spread, rather than one on each page. Today's Sourcebook not only includes new titles published in the 1990s, it also replaces the films and filmstrips with videotapes, expands the number of individual storyhour themes from 100 to 146, includes CDs as well as cassette versions of songs, and doubles the number of craft ideas for each program. Best of all, instead of suggesting five picture book ideas for each theme, each section now offers 15 titles. A new feature is the "Topical Calendar." Arranged chronologically within each month, it suggests several holidays or notable events that can be related to a storyhour theme. For example, March entries include National Umbrella Month, the birthday of Dr. Seuss, and St. Patrick's Day. Though the price may seem high, this practical guide will quickly pay for itself in staff time saved. Carolyn Phelan

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