Sharing the Secret Sauce: Engaging Early Childhood Educators in Library Storytime Practices

Lori Romero, Laurie Anne Armstrong


If you peek into Kirsten’s preschool classroom in suburban Denver early on a Tuesday morning, you’ll quickly notice that the eager three-year-olds are not the only ones enthusiastically singing, “Go Bananas!”

The students bring up flannelboard pieces for Karen Beaumont’s Dini Dinosaur while answering, “What do you think will happen next?” In another story, Ding Dong Gorilla by Nicola O’Byrne, Kirsten and her children gather around the “library lady” who is visiting the classroom.

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