Alvin Sherman Library Staff Publications

Title

The Evolution of Early Literacy: A History of Best Practices in Storytimes”. Children and Libraries: The Journal of the Association for Library Service to Children

Document Type

Article

Date

2009

Publication Title

Children and Libraries: The Journal of the Association for Library Service to Children

ISSN or ISBN

1542-9806

Volume

7

Issue

1

First Page

13

Last Page

18

Description

The article offers a history of children's library storytimes beginning in the 1940s with particular focus given to best practices. Story selection criteria including rhythm or rhyme and repetition within the text are examined and early values of story hours including playing with others, listening to stories, and looking at picture books are discussed. The role of parents in story hour participation and in emergent literacy is also explored. Early literacy skills and standards promoted in contemporary storytimes are also discussed and include print motivation, phonological awareness, and vocabulary.

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