Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Creating Literacy-Based Programs for Children: Lesson Plans and Printable Resources for K-5

Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Creating Literacy-Based Programs for Children: Lesson Plans and Printable Resources for K-5

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Creating Literacy-Based Programs for Children: Lesson Plans and Printable Resources for K-5. By R. Lynn Baker. Chicago: ALA, 2017. 176 p. Paper $48 (ISBN: 978-0-83891500-4).

R. Lynn Baker returns with another useful guide for youth services librarians. As in her previous book, Counting Down to Kindergarten (ALA, 2015), Baker's passion for reading readiness and innovative services to K-5 children is abundant throughout this streamlined and practice-based volume. In clear language, Baker advocates for organized and thoughtful approaches to program planning in public libraries. She provides readers with succinct chapters on best practices in programming from inception to evaluation. All planning activities are undergirded by the five modes of multiliteracy: textual, social, digital, multisensory, and visual literacy. This foundation guides programmers through the entire process.

I would not hesitate to recommend the book to seasoned programmers, but Creating Literacy-Based Programs for Children would be especially useful to new and preservice public librarians. New professionals will appreciate the book's brevity and practicality as they discover and hone their programming skills. I would highly recommend the volume to university professors whose course offerings include program design for children in public libraries. Baker's work is likely to be instrumental in sharpening students' skills before they find themselves tasked with developing a programming repertoire at their own library. …

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