Recording Date: June 13, 2017
Episode Summary: Our guests this episode are Jane Dorfman and Lauren Martino. Both are children's librarians in MCPL branches who have conducted many storytimes for children of different ages. In part 1 of this episode, they discuss the benefits of reading aloud to children, how to choose the best books, and how to keep a child engaged with the book or story.
NOTE: We had such a lively, interactive discussion that our recording was over 45 minutes. We've split the discussion up into 2 parts to make it easier for our listeners to absorb. This recording is part 1 of 2.
Guests: Jane Dorfman, Children's Librarian, and Lauren Martino, Children's Librarian
MCPL resources and services mentioned during this episode:
MCPL 2017 Reading Challenge: Expand your reading horizons. Over the course of 2017, read one book from each of 12 categories.
NoveList K-8 Plus: This kid-friendly database has recommended reading lists, read alikes, award winners, and other tools for find children's fiction and non-fiction books.
Storytimes at MCPL: MCPL offers storytime programs for children of different ages, as well as special themed and bilingual storytimes.
Summer Read and Learn: This program offers exciting activities for children, teens, and adults to encourage reading and learning all summer long.
What Do I Check Out Next?: Tell us what you like to read and we'll e-mail you a personalized list of 3 to 5 books that our readers' advisory experts have chosen for just you.
TumbleBooks (described in the episode as books that read to a child): An online collection of animated, talking picture books. Includes story books, chapter books, nonfiction, videos, and more. Also includes e-books in French and Spanish.
Authors mentioned during this episode:
Susan Middleton Elya. This picture book author is known for her rhyming stories written in a mix of English and Spanish.
Komako Sakai. Author mentioned by Lauren Martino as a writer of more quiet books for children.
Jan Thomas. Picture books with big, clean, lines.
Mo Willems. Author of beloved picture book series including Elephant & Piggie, Knuffle Bunny, and The Pigeon.
Books, and other media mentioned during this episode:
Brown Bear, Brown Bear by Bill Martin, Jr. Readers see a variety of animals, each one a different color.
Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina. Mischievous monkeys steal all of a peddler's caps.
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr. What happens when the whole alphabet tries to climb a coconut tree?
Clifford the Big Red Dog by Norman Bridwell. Tales of Clifford, the giant red dog, and his owner, Emily Elizabeth.
Little Red Hen. No animals want to help the hen bake, but they all want some of the fruits of her labor.
The Three Billy Goats Gruff. Classic tale about goats that trick a troll living under a bridge.
The Three Little Pigs. The classic tale of 3 little pigs and the wolf who tries to make each pig his next meal.
Trashy Town by Andrea Zimmerman and David Clemesha. Mr. Gillie, the trash man, rides through town, picking up the trash. Our guest Lauren Martino noted this book as one of her go to favorites for storytime reading.
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. A naughty boy sent to bed without supper sails off to an island inhabited by fantastic beasts and becomes their king.