Connecting Preschoolers With Nonfiction Books Through Movement
CHICAGO, IL — An underutilized source for storytime programs, quality nonfiction books can help bridge the reading gap between preschool boys and girls; boys enjoy facts and “true stuff,” and including these books in storytime helps boys see that reading can be fun. In “Nonfiction in Motion: Connecting Preschoolers with Nonfiction Books through Movement,” published by ALA Editions, Julie Dietzel-Glair spotlights a multitude of nonfiction titles published since 2005 that will engage young children’s curiosity while activating learning through movement-based activities. A huge time-saver for storytime planners and presenters, and a useful collection development tool, this guide:
- identifies 200 quality nonfiction books suitable for preschoolers, all in print or easy to find, covering fun topics like animals, construction, and science;
- includes recommended art, movement, music, and prop ideas for each book that will fire up children’s imaginations;
- shows how to incorporate the five practices for early literacy and offers other helpful storytime tips;
- provides several outlines for art projects; and
- features multiple indexes to aid in finding just the right title, author, or subject.
Dietzel-Glair is a freelance writer and library consultant. She is the author of “Books in Motion: Connecting Preschoolers with Books through Art, Games, Movement, Music, Playacting, and Props” and the co-author of “Get Real with Storytime: 52 Weeks of Early Literacy Programming with Nonfiction and Poetry.” She uses her years of experience as a children’s librarian and assistant children’s services coordinator to provide training sessions for librarians and other early literacy providers. She is active in the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC).
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