Reading Aloud: Not for Wimps
Why am I telling you this? Because Bank Street is a vital, contributing member of the children’s literary world, dagnabbit. In fact I was just there last week when Candlewick presented their upcoming fall list (but more on that another day). And while I was there I also learned of the release of their newly revisited, revised edition of Best Books to Read Aloud with Children of All Ages. Written by Lisa Von Drasek, Linda Greengrass (awesome name) and Jennifer M. Brown the book looks like one of those necessary tools for folks new to the readaloud game and others who need a quick pick-me-up. Actually Lisa put it better than I in a recent email exchange:
“This past Monday morning, I had the opportunity to observe a story time for toddlers in a tiny rural public library. The woman leading the story time was delightfully engaging, she sang, the children played maracas, rang bells, danced and did simple yoga stretches. (I will be stealing not only her song, but also her yoga ideas for my preschool classes.) Unfortunately she lost most of their attention every time she read aloud. Her choices weren’t great for the age group. As a children’s librarian, I often forget how hard it is to make developmentally age appropriate choices. The Children’s Book Committee at Bank Street has provided a neatly curated collection of titles, some new, some classics arranged by age group and searchable by theme in the Best Books to Read Aloud.”
The result is an eBook. Yep. A $2.99 eBook. So I figured I’d buy one. I’m no Mr. Moneybags but I can shell out three bucks. Apparently it’s also available through a nook app, Amazon and soon Google Books with links to Indie Bound.
Normally I don’t shill others’ wares as directly as I am here but this is the kind of thing I tend to believe in. Of course Lucy Sprague Mitchell would butt heads with my predecessor Anne Carroll Moore over all sorts of things (fairytales : ACM = pro, LSM = con) but they were both fighting the same fight in the end. It’s all about the kids and books, man. All about the kids and books.
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About Betsy Bird
Betsy Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.
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