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Planning And Implementing Bilingual Storytime


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A list of recommended online and print resources for bilingual storytime. This is supplementary to the "Bilingual Storytime at Your Biblioteca: What, Why and How" presentation. Resources are provided in topics of activities and crafts, collection development, early literacy, flannelboard storytelling, outreach and advocacy, and storytime ideas.

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Planning And Implementing Bilingual Storytime

  1. 1. Planning and Implementing Bilingual Storytime: Recommended Resources<br />Created by Katie Cunningham for presentation “Bilingual Storytime: What, Why and How” <br />Virginia Hamilton Conference on Multicultural Literature for Youth<br />April 9, 2010<br />Activities and Crafts<br />Primera Escuela:<br />Spanish alphabet activities, coloring sheets and more. English sister site also available at<br />Collection Development<br />Baharona Center for the Study of Books in Spanish for Children and Adolescents -<br />Recommended booklists and critical commentary on translated books.<br />Críticas -<br />English reviews of Spanish and bilingual books for adults and children.<br />REFORMA – The National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking:<br />Affiliate Association of the American Library Association. Website includes information on outreach, advocacy, children’s services, storytime outlines, Día de los Niños, the Pura Belpre award and book reviews. REFORMA members can also communicate with each other via the highly useful listserv. I strongly recommend any library professionals serving Latinos join.<br />Wadham, T. (2007). Libros Esenciales: Building, Marketing, and Programming a Core Collection of Spanish Language Children's Materials. New York: Neal-Schuman.<br />Early Literacy<br />Colorín Colorado -<br />A bilingual website with many resources on early literacy and other skills. I often print articles from this site to share with families at storytime. An affiliate of Reading Rockets - <br />Every Child Read to Read at Your Library:<br />An ALSC/PLA initiative to promote early literacy skill development through library programs. Research, real world success stories, suggestions for developing parent training workshops and translations of program materials (including in Spanish) are available.<br />Flannelboard Storytelling<br />Barbara Pratt:<br />Tips, ideas and patterns for making your own flannel board stories.<br />DLTK Crafts for Kids:<br />Feltboard storytelling patterns for many popular stories and themes, as well as printable crafts and coloring pages.<br />Making Learning Fun:<br />Printable flannel board patterns on various themes.<br />Pre-K Fun:<br />Activities, flannel board patterns and other printables on hundreds of themes.<br />Outreach and Advocacy<br />Avila, S. (2008). Crash Course in Serving Spanish-Speakers. Westport, Conn: Libraries Unlimited.<br />Webjunction Spanish Language Outreach Program -<br />Information and training on how libraries can effectively reach out to their Spanish-speaking communities, including success stories from libraries across the country.<br />Storytime Ideas<br />Bilingual Storytimes: Building Early Literacy and Commmunity:<br />A Webjunction webinar archived online about planning and implementing two different bilingual storytime programs from the practitioners themselves.<br />Children and Libraries en Español (CHILES):<br />An online database, contributed to by librarians and programmers from across the country, intended to be a resource for librarians serving Spanish-speaking children who do not speak Spanish themselves. Ideas on outreach, programming, collection development and a discussion forum are all available at this site.<br />¡Es Divertido Hablar Dos Idiomas!:<br />Children’s Librarian Katie Cunningham blogs about bilingual storytime, bilingual books, and other topics of interest to those serving Latino children. <br />Schiller, Pam, Lara-Alecio, Rafael, & Irby, Beverly J. (2004). The Bilingual Book of Rhymes, Songs, Stories, and Fingerplays / El libro bilingüe de rimas, canciónes, cuentos y juegos. Beltsville, MD: Gryphon House.<br />Texas State Library:<br />An online publication of bilingual programs for children and families.<br />Treviño, R. Z. (2009). Read Me a Rhyme in Spanish and English = Léame una rima en español e inglés. Chicago: American Library Association. <br />Utah State Library:<br />Many ready to use outlines for bilingual storytime, as well as tips on advocacy and outreach.<br />