Transforming Preschool Storytime

Transforming Preschool Storytime

To theme or not to theme, that is the question!  Traditionally, preschool storytimes have been built around themes. While this may make planning easier for the librarian, it does not necessarily provide the best experience for children. This workshop takes a second look at the tradition of basing storytimes on topics and themes, and suggests a new direction for adventurous librarians.

  • Examine the standard format for preschool storytime
  • Discuss Howard Gardner's theory of multiple intelligences
  • Review findings from brain research and child development
  • Experience multiple uses of the same book in a series of programs
  • Explore a variety of ways to interact with picture books
  • Create program plans for experiential learning
  • Discover the benefits of repetition
  • Interact with colleagues to share knowledge and ideas.

Participant Feedback:

"Betsy Diamant-Cohen presented 11 workshops for the Texas State Library based on Transforming Preschool Storytime: A Modern Vision and a Year of Programs, which she co-wrote with Melanie A. Hetrick. The librarians were captivated by the workshop from start to finish and by Betsy’s warm and engaging presentation style. Many commented on their evaluations that it was the best workshop they had ever attended and that Betsy was the best presenter. We were very happy to provide this outstanding workshop experience to our Texas librarians."

-Christine McNew, Youth Services Consultant, Texas State Library