The Librarian's Complete Guide to Involving Parents through Children's Literature: Grades K-6

The Librarian's Complete Guide to Involving Parents through Children's Literature: Grades K-6

The Librarian's Complete Guide to Involving Parents through Children's Literature: Grades K-6

The Librarian's Complete Guide to Involving Parents through Children's Literature: Grades K-6


Getting parents to participate in their child's education is easy with these take-home reproducibles This book provides a single-source guide to selected reading and extension activities for grade levels K-6. Each activity sheet includes a summary of a book, discussion questions, and a list of engaging learning projects for adults and children. The activities are designed to increase discussion, build reading skills, and develop comprehension. More than 100 titles of quality children's literature are featured. Teachers will love this unique way to promote reading, and it's great PR for the library. A must for school and public libraries



“That was really neat! “

“Read it again! “

“Read it again. Please. Please read it again!”

What librarians have long known intuitively and what has been validated with a significant body of research is the fact that the stories, books, and literature shared between parents and children have wide-ranging and long-lasting implications for the educational and social development of children. That is to say, when parents share stories with their children, they are providing youngsters with windows into long-ago times, faraway lands, and make-believe places. Parents are sharing the magic of possibilities that expand the world and “energize” imagination as no other activity can. the simple act of reading a book to, or creating a story for, a child becomes a positive and significant event in the development of that child.

Though the magic of sharing good books and imaginative stories has always been the centerpiece of the work of school and public librarians, and an objective fiercely promoted to the parents of the children with whom they work, it is equally true that many librarians around the country are engaged in another concern in communities large and small. Tight financial budgets and shrinking resources for both community and school libraries are placing enormous burdens on libraries in terms of services offered, hours open, and availability of personnel. Too many libraries have had to reduce their offerings to the schools or public simply because of a lack of funds. in far too many cases, staff reductions have left many libraries with “skeleton crews,” or with no crews at all. It is an unfortunate fact that community and school librarians are frequently the first to be let go when budgets are tightened and finances trimmed. Readers are well aware of the effect of these decisions on the children and citizens of the community.

That librarians are battling an army of financial dragons while dodging the swords of staff cutbacks and skirting the cannon fire of reduced hours makes their jobs even harder. What remains constant, however, is an unfailing desire to broaden their base of appeal, to reach out to a larger and larger clientele, and to promote the worthiness of their institution as a viable component in both school and local communities. in short, many librarians have become not only promoters of good literature, but promoters of their place in the lives of their clientele, both young and old.

In discussions with public and school librarians around the country, it became clear that “public relations” efforts aimed at “recruiting” parents as allies, friends, and supporters of the library have resulted in a broadened base of support and a solidarity of patronage that frequently ensures the continuance of library services. in other words, when parents are invited to take an active role in the promotion of good books and good reading habits for their children, they provide a supportive structure that can safeguard the viability and longevity of a library. So, too, are librarians assured that their services are both well received and necessary to the educational and social milieu of both school and community.

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