Saturday, May 18, 2013

Early Literacy Tips & Tricks: Start with a Book Blog Tour

I am so happy to be part of this wonderful book tour promoting Start With a Book! This is a fabulous website full of information for caregivers, librarians, and teachers. Seriously, go check it out.

As a librarian who does storytime on a regular basis, it can be difficult to come up with new literacy tips each week. I have a lot of children who are repeats in my session, so I might see one family for 4 separate session in a year. I like to keep things as exciting as possible for them and don't want them to hear the same information each session. This is where a website like Start With a Book comes in handy.

This website has a huge amount of information about early literacy. If you are looking specifically for tips to share with your parents during storytime, then the Reading Aloud section is a great place to start. This section includes links to its parent site Reading Rockets, and some wonderful handouts. Things like "Reading Tips For Parents" gets further broken down into parents of babies, toddlers, preschoolers, etc. This would be a wonderful handout to give to caregivers during your storytime session.

There is also a section where you can sign up to receive a reading tip every day! They are perfect short and quick tips that you can share with parents or put on your monthly library calendars. These tips are also available in Spanish. Plus, they come to your cell phone. It really can't get any easier. 

So whether you're struggling coming up with new literacy tips for parents, or you just want to have more resources available to your parents--this is a great site to go visit.

To check out what some other librarians are doing with this site go visit Amy at Show Me Librarian for the tour schedule.

Also, don't forget to enter to win a bundle of fantastic books!

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