I teach a storytime for 3-month-olds to 15-months. We do the usual books, songs, fingerplays, social time, and early literacy tips that are provided by ECRR. But I feel a lot of times that those things become so routine that the parents start to gloss over the research that backs this type of program. If parents are more aware that this isn’t just play time, I feel like they value the program more, will attend more often and will encourage others to do so as well.

I’m always looking for new and intriguing literacy tips to share with them, and in doing so I do a lot of research. I recently started copying a few of the more digestible articles to hand out to parents. This session I chose the following:

“How Music Sets the Tone for Learning,” by Abby Connors. Teaching Young Children, vol. 7, no. 5, pp. 21-23.

ALA’s handout “What Kind of Book Does My Baby Need?” For some reason, I can’t find the name of the designer, but there is a librarian that also does graphic design that made a gorgeous one I use. (I think I got it from the ALSC listserv)

“How Does Your Child Hear and Talk?” from Beyond Baby Talk: from speaking to spelling: a guide to language and literacy development for parents and caregivers. By Kenn Apel and Julie Masterson. This book is amazing. It’s packed with research and super conversational. They are early education experts and certified Speech Language Pathologists. This is great for when the parents are always comparing where their kids are at and you have to give the “there’s a wide range for abilities” speech. Best book I’ve ever read on early development. Goes from birth to 6 years.

“Why Children Need Nursery Rhymes,” by Antonia Van Der Meer. Parents Magazine.