During my first week here at NCKL, I discovered a great archived webinar called What’s New for Storytime that I highly recommend. Infopeople (in California) is known for high-quality webinar programming, offered nationally. They didn’t disappoint with this nicely paced event featuring new children’s books with the 6 early literacy skills in mind. Though this is not in the 6×6 language, those familiar with that program will be able to identify the similarities.
Presenter Penny Peck, a 25-year veteran children’s librarian, describes the attributes of each new book, such as those that are great for audience participation similar to the tried and true Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See by Eric Carle. So, it’s not all early literacy language!
Don’t have time to watch the full hour program? There’s some great handouts with this webinar including a list of all her new recommended books (pdf) discussed and a list of web resources (pdf) for storytime planning. If you need the Word versions of these documents, find those here (scroll to the bottom of that page).
The text of the chat interaction from the webinar is also valuable. Lots of librarians commented on the books they’re using to promote creative drama (acting out the book), singing, call and response (asking the audience what happens next), cumulative stories (repeating elements), circular stories (story that ends where it started) and much more. If you’re in children’s services and watch anything this month, this should be the one!