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Winter Reading Program

Western meadowlarkWelcome to the Library of Virginia’s 2018 Winter Reading Program.  This program beginning in February (I Love to Read month) and ending  on March (in celebration of both Dr. Seuss’ s birthday and National Read Across America Day).  It is designed for children from birth through 5 years of age, and gives libraries an opportunity to showcase the important role they can play as facilitators of early literacy development for families and caregivers with infants and preschool aged children.  LVA provides the following supportive materials:

 

  • Reading logs/Sticker sheets
  • Stickers
  • Posters
  • Bookmarks
  • Certificates of Completion

All materials are bilingual in both English and Spanish.  Additional program incentives are not considered necessary and are left to the discretion of each individual library.

Beginning in 2018 the Library of Virginia will also be offering a online school readiness program.  This program encourages caring adults to read 1,000 books before kindergarten and do 1,000 activities before kindergarten.

 

Winter reading program manual created by Cary Meltzer Frostick

Introduction

    1. Purpose and How it works
    2. Benefits
    3. Making it a success

Early Literacy Enhanced Storytime

    1. The Five Practies and Components
    2. Incorporationg Math and Science
    3. Three Simple Asides
    4. Sample Storytime for Infants and Toddlers
    5. Sample Storytime for Infants and Toddlers
    6. Sample Storytime for Twos and Threes
    7. Sample Storytime for Twos and Threes
    8. Sample Storytime for Preschoolers
    9. Sample Storytime for Preschoolers

Make and Take Ideas

    1. Animals that Hibernate
    2. Animals That Migrate
    3. Animals We See in the Winter
    4. Baby it Cold Outside
    5. Celebrations
    6. Curiouser and Curiouser
    7. Mm Mm Good
    8. My Heart is Like a Zoo
    9. Penguins
    10. Inside and Outside: Play All Day
    11. Polar Bears
    12. Snuggle Up and Read
    13. Suessical Silliness
    14. There’s a Hat for That

Storytime Extenders

    1. Animals that Hibernate: Infants and ToddlersTwos and Threes Preschoolers –
    2. Animals That Migrate: Infants and ToddlersTwo and ThreesPreschoolers
    3. Animals We See in the Winter: Infants and ToddlersTwo and ThreesPreschoolers
    4. Baby it Cold Outside: Infants and ToddlersTwo and ThreesPreschoolers
    5. Celebrations:  Infants and ToddlersTwo and ThreesPreschoolers
    6. Curiouser and Curiouser Intants and Toddlers Two and Threes Preschoolers
    7. Mm Mm Good : Infants and Toddlers Twos and Threes Preschoolers
    8. My Heart is Like a Zoo: Infants and Toddlers Two and ThreesPreschoolers
    9. Penguins: Infants and ToddlersTwo and ThreesPreschoolers
    10. Inside and Outside: Play All Day : Infants and Toddlers Twos and Threes Preschoolers
    11. Polar Bears: Infants and Toddlers Twos and Threes Preschoolers
    12. Snuggle Up and Read: Infants and Toddlers – Two and ThreesPreschoolers
    13. Suessical Silliness Infants and ToddlersTwo and ThreesPreschoolers
    14. There’s a Hat for That  Infants and ToddlersTwo and ThreePreschoolers

Resources

Suggested Titles

As of November 2013 all of the books listed are still available for sale through both Baker and Taylor and Amazon unless otherwise noted.  Many of the titles fit more than one category, and you will find some that are particularly suited to two different categories listed twice.  You will also find certain titles listed for more than one age group.  Used in combination with personal favorites and the many additional suitable titles you already have on your library shelves, this list should provide you with enough books to round out a story time, as well as provide a suggested reading list for parents and caregivers to take.

Websites

Need more ideas- we suggest these websites.

Early Literacy Cards

Book Booster Activity Sheets

27 activities to boost child early literacy skills, based on Virginia Department of Education Milestone of Child Development: A guide to young children’s learning and development from birth to kindergarten.

Further Reading

Storytimes for Everyone!  Developing Young Children’s Language and Literacy by Saroj Nadkarni Ghoting and Pamela Martin-Diaz (ALA Editions, 2013) pbk 978-0-8389-1169-3. May be purchased through ALA publications

Do You Know the Muffin Man by Pam Byrne Schiller and Thomas Moore (Gryphon House, 2004) pbk 0876592884

Playful Writing by Rebecca Olien and Laura Woodside (Gryphon House, 2013) pbk 0876594690

Time to Create by Christie Burnett (Gryphon House, 2013) pbk 0876594186

Up, Down, Move Around Math and Literacy by Deborah Kayton Michals (Gryphon House, 2013) pbk 0876594178

Funding provided by Institute of Museum and Library Services grants (LS00-12-0047-12 and LS00-13-0047-13)

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Materials created for the winter reading program with assistance of

  • Library of Virginia
  • Virginia Department of Social Services
  • Smart Beginnings

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