Crash Course in Storytime Fundamentals
2nd Edition
by Penny Peck
January 2015, 225pp, 8 1/2 x 11
1 volume, Libraries Unlimited

Paperback: 978-1-61069-783-5
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Help create enthusiastic emergent readers with these entertaining storytelling ideas designed to overcome the allure of today’s technological distractions and make storytime fun.

This manual is a 'one-stop shop' on how to present storytimes to suit different audiences including bilingual learners, special needs children, and those in a variety of settings such as Head Start, preschools, and day care situations.

This beginner’s guide to storytelling traces the developmental stages of very young children, illustrating how to present storytime for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers as well as in family settings to be most effective. Author Penny Peck will teach you the fundamentals of reading with the intent of capturing children’s imaginations, showing you how to incorporate music, play, and hands-on activities into your routine. She offers expert advice on how to choose the best picture books and provides lists of books for addressing particular literacy needs.

A perfect primer for those new to the task, this guide illustrates how to make this activity a favorite of children and provides tips for progressing in the role of storyteller, with ideas for engaging your audience and enhancing enjoyment. Beginning with the basics of performing a library storytime, each subsequent chapter builds on that knowledge, offering ways to infuse technology, special needs adaptations, and music into the story. The revised edition addresses such current topics as iPads, apps usage, online options, and dance programs.


  • Features strategies for using sign language and adapting storytime for special needs children
  • Includes ideas for expanding storytimes using hands-on learning, crafts, toys, and play
Penny Peck is a part-time instructor at San Jose State University, specializing in classes on youth services and programming. She was a children’s librarian for more than 25 years. Her published works include Libraries Unlimited's Crash Course in Children's Services: Second Edition and Readers' Advisory for Children and Tweens. She received her master of library science degree from San Jose State University.


2016 Storytelling Word Awards Best Storytelling Resource—Storytelling World, March 17, 2016


"Crash Course In Storytime Fundamentals is thoroughly 'user friendly' throughout and very highly recommended for library staff development and academic library 'Library Science' instructional reference collections."—Library Bookwatch, March 1, 2015
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