Praise for More Storytime Magic

More Storytime Magic was recently featured in a roundup of professional reading resources on SchoolLibraryJournal.com!  Here’s what SLJ’s reviewer had to say:

“Another excellent resource from this author pair, this title presents songs, stories, and activities arranged by themes, such as fairy tales, animals, friends, and food. The stories and songs include originals and adaptations alike, and many of the tunes are sung to well-known traditional songs…For those who wish to specify the elements of Common Core State Standards (CCSS) demonstrated in storytime, the coding found with each activity is helpful…With fun activities and timely information on the CCSS, this is an ideal choice for administrators, librarians, and parents eager to promote current literacy standards.” Read the full review here.

More praise for More Storytime Magic:

“MacMillan and Kirker continue their successful formula for helping librarians and others who plan stories and activities for children aged two and up…a welcome addition for public and school library professional collections.” – American Reference Books Annual

“…a worthwhile purchase for any youth department where there is a focus on storytime.” – Booklist

 

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More Storytime Magic

by Kathy MacMillan and Christine Kirker

ALA Editions, December 29, 2015.  $52.00

Order now!

 

MacMillian and Kirker’s knack for creating storytimes that engage and delight young ones have made their previous books bestsellers. Now they’re back with an all new assortment of original fingerplays, transitional rhymes, movement songs, flannelboards, sign language rhymes and other activities to spice up storytimes for ages two and up. This ready-to-go sourcebook for children’s librarians, early literacy specialists, and other adults who work with young children offers everything needed to plan and host quality storytimes, including

  • more than a dozen thematic groupings of activities, featuring such fun topics such as “All About Me,” “Bugs and Insects,” “Fairy Tales and Castles,” and “People in my Neighborhood”;
  • recommended storytime books for each theme, along with material lists, patterns for flannelboards and stick puppets, and illustrations of American Sign Language signs; and
  • coding for each entry indicating which Common Core State Standards for Kindergarten skills it supports.

Using the guidance and activities contained in this book, storytimes will be more magical than ever!

Recommended Early Literacy Trainers

If you’re looking to expand your organization’s training opportunities for early literacy topics, look no further than this fantastic handout compiled by Dr. Betsy Diamant-CohenSue McCleaf Nespeca, and Saroj Nadkarni Ghoting for a recent presentation at the American Library Association’s annual conference.  Betsy, Sue, and Saroj have compiled information about their favorite early literacy trainer, and invite libraries, childcare centers, and schools to find out more about these incredible trainers!

Early Literacy Trainers

trainers

 

 

FREE Webinar: So You Want to Get Published

Are you a library staff person who wants to write articles or books?  Then check out this FREE online workshop:

So You Want to Get Published

Thursday, 8/4/2016
  • 3:00 PM (Eastern)
  • 2:00 PM (Central)
  • 1:00 PM (Mountain)
  • 12:00 PM (Pacific)

Want to write a book or article but don’t know where to start? Three published authors of resource books and articles for children’s librarians will share the ins and outs of getting published in journals such as School Library Journal and with publishers such as ALA Editions and Libraries Unlimited. Learn about the publishing opportunities that are out there for you, how to write a proposal, and how to get from idea to proposal.

Presenters:

betsy

Betsy Diamant-Cohen of Mother Goose on the Loose

julie

Julie Dietzel-Glair, author of Books in Motion

Kathy MacMillan, author of Storytime Magic and other storytime resource books

Kathy MacMillan, author of Storytime Magic and other storytime resource books

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Registration info: http://www.ala.org/alsc/so-you-want-get-published

Cost: FREE

 

 

Playground Romp: A Rhyme to Sign

Direct Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZ7Ft2p9Lww

At the playground,

always so much fun.

Watching all the kids

on the run.

 

Twisty slide, twisty slide,

climbing to the top.

Slide all the way down

with a great bit plop.

 

On the see-saw,

going back and forth.

We go so fast

we get dizzy of course.

 

Flying on the swing set,

we go so high!

We say hello

to all the birds in the sky!

MacMillan_cover_1p.inddFind lots more great storytime activities in More Storytime Magic, the latest volume in the Storytime Magic series!

This Saturday at ALA Midwinter

MacMillan_cover_1p.inddAttending the American Library Association Midwinter Conference this weekend?  Stop by the ALA Store on Saturday, January 9 at 1:30 PM, where Kathy MacMillan will be signing her storytime resource books.  Make sure to pick up a copy of Kathy and Christine’s newest entry in the Storytime Magic series, More Storytime Magic!

 

Saturday evening from 5-7 PM, come help celebrate the upcoming release of Kathy’s debut young adult novel, Sword and Verse (HarperTeen, January 19, 2016)!  Join Kathy and 25 other debut young adult and middle grade novelists for an evening of treats, book talk, and Sword And Verse_cover revealprizes at the Midwinter Debut Author Party!  (Registration required; click on the link for details.)

 

 

Night Owl Flannelboard and Sound Story

Another sneak peek from our newest book, More Storytime Magic (ALA Editions, January 2016):

Night Owl Flannelboard and Sound Story

Based on the book by Toni Yuly (New York: Macmillan, 2015).night owl

Night Owl listens to the sounds of the night, waiting for his very favorite one: his mother returning home! As you tell the story, play clips of the sounds that Night Owl hears and ask the children to identify them.

Download full-size printable illustrations by Melanie Fitz.

Click on the links below for sounds:

Owl Hoot

Woodpecker

Train whistle

Cricket

Toad

Thunderstorm

Owl Hoot

MacMillan_cover_1p.inddFind lots more great storytime activities in More Storytime Magic, the latest volume in the Storytime Magic series!

On Sale Now!: More Storytime Magic

MacMillan_cover_1p.inddMore Storytime Magic

by Kathy MacMillan and Christine Kirker

ALA Editions, December 29, 2015.  $52.00

Order now!

“MacMillan and Kirker continue their successful formula for helping librarians and others who plan stories and activities for children aged two and up…a welcome addition for public and school library professional collections.” – American Reference Books Annual

“…a worthwhile purchase for any youth department where there is a focus on storytime.” – Booklist

“Another excellent resource from this author pair, …With fun activities and timely information on the CCSS, this is an ideal choice for administrators, librarians, and parents eager to promote current literacy standards.” – School Library Journal

MacMillian and Kirker’s knack for creating storytimes that engage and delight young ones have made their previous books bestsellers. Now they’re back with an all new assortment of original fingerplays, transitional rhymes, movement songs, flannelboards, sign language rhymes and other activities to spice up storytimes for ages two and up. This ready-to-go sourcebook for children’s librarians, early literacy specialists, and other adults who work with young children offers everything needed to plan and host quality storytimes, including

  • more than a dozen thematic groupings of activities, featuring such fun topics such as “All About Me,” “Bugs and Insects,” “Fairy Tales and Castles,” and “People in my Neighborhood”;
  • recommended storytime books for each theme, along with material lists, patterns for flannelboards and stick puppets, and illustrations of American Sign Language signs; and
  • coding for each entry indicating which Common Core State Standards for Kindergarten skills it supports.

Using the guidance and activities contained in this book, storytimes will be more magical than ever!

Woodpecker, Woodpecker: A Signing Rhyme

MacMillan_cover_1p.inddAnother sneak preview of our newest book, More Storytime Magic (ALA Editions, January 2016):

Woodpecker, Woodpecker: A Signing Rhyme

Direct Link: https://youtu.be/YCT3FEC-ZY4

Begin by teaching the ASL signs TREE and BIRD. Explain that in this rhyme, you will be learning about a specific kind of bird called a woodpecker, and will be using the signs to show how the woodpecker uses the tree.

Woodpecker, woodpecker, time to eat! (sign BIRD)

Woodpecker, woodpecker, fly to the tree. (sign TREE with your other hand and move the BIRD to your forearm)

Tap-tap-tap-tap-tap-tap-tap-tap-tap-tap-tap-tap-tap! (make the bird’s beak tap quickly on your forearm, which represents the tree trunk)

Now eat up the bugs you found, just like that. (move fingers to show beak eating bugs)

 

Woodpecker, woodpecker, time to sleep! (sign BIRD)

Woodpecker, woodpecker, fly to the tree. (sign TREE with your other hand and move the BIRD to your forearm)

Tap-tap-tap-tap-tap-tap-tap-tap-tap-tap-tap-tap-tap! (make the bird’s beak tap quickly on your forearm, which represents the tree trunk)

Now nestle in the hole you made, cozy as can be! (nestle bird in palm of hand)

 

Find lots more great storytime activities in More Storytime Magic, the latest volume in the Storytime Magic series!

Sound Story: I Went To A Concert

MacMillan_cover_1p.inddHere’s a sneak preview of our newest book, More Storytime Magic (ALA Editions, January 2016).

I Went to the Concert Flannelboard and Sound Story

I went the concert and what did I hear? (play a sound from the links below and have the children guess what it is)

The sound of a piano in my ear! (show the flannelboard piece)

Repeat with other instruments.

 

Download full-size printable illustrations by Melanie Fitz.

music-note-clip-art-ncBXn8pcAClick on the links below for sounds:

Piano

Drum

Saxophone

Clarinet

Tuba

Xylophone

 

Find lots more great storytime activities in More Storytime Magic, the latest volume in the Storytime Magic series!

It’s not too late to register!: Basic American Sign Language for Library Staff eCourse

macmillan_300Instructor: Kathy MacMillan, NIC, M.L.S.

Asynchronous eCourse beginning September 14, 2015 and continuing for 6 weeks

(Participants will have 12 weeks to complete course material)

$195.00

Click here to register.

Estimated Hours of Learning: 30

Certificate of Completion available upon request

 

American Sign Language (ASL) is an invaluable skill for library professionals. A basic grasp of ASL enhances your ability to serve deaf library users and opens up a new world of possibilities for storytime programs. It’s also a marketable professional skill that can translate to public service jobs beyond the library world.

Ideal for those without previous experience, this eCourse taught by librarian and ASL interpreter Kathy MacMillan will use readings, multimedia resources, and online discussion boards to introduce basic ASL vocabulary and grammar appropriate for use in a library setting. MacMillan will place ASL within a linguistic and cultural context, aiding participants in improving library services.

After completing this eCourse, participants will:

  • Know and be able to use approximately 20-30 signs
  • Have a basic understanding of Deaf culture and how to interact effectively with deaf patrons
  • Understand multiple applications of ASL in different library contexts
  • Understand how the library can use ASL as a service that ties into the broader community

Comments from past participants:

“This course has been invaluable to me. I have spent countless hours reviewing all of the video, re-reading the lessons, and just generally trying to absorb as much knowledge as I could. The instructor was a gem in the way that she provided comprehensive answers to questions, feedback, tips and resources.”

“While I had taken ASL many years ago, this class has expanded my vocabulary and boosted my confidence in my abilities. I think it helped that this class specifically addressed situations I might encounter here at work.”

“This has been a great introduction to both the language and the culture!”

“This class was interesting, informative, and entertaining. It opened my eyes to a variety of ideas and concepts that can only make me a better librarian as well as a better person. I thought things were well organized and presented in an ordered and logical fashion, each lesson building on the one before.”

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