"Book in Hand" Story Time will be offered to children ages 2-5 on Wednesdays, January 9-30, at 10:30 am. Space is limited, so please register at the Public Service Desk during your library visit or by calling 885-3108. This program is free and is supported by a generous grant from Ashgate Publishing in Burlington.
“Book in Hand” is a story time approach that utilizes multiple copies of a picture book as a means to engage children in the reading process. In a traditional story time, the child listens and views a book read (usually) by an adult in a group setting. With the “Book in Hand” approach, each child in the group has his/her own copy of the book in board book format—a sturdy format that can withstand lots of use. Each child can then follow along and explore the book as s/he desires. The result is a child-driven story time, with the adult following and taking advantage of the children’s lead.
With the “Book in Hand” approach, children become physically and intellectually engaged with the book. They learn and practice how to keep pace with reading as a group, use descriptive and expressive language, make observations and connections, and manipulate pages. As the story progresses, they have the opportunity to act out the actions and drama of the illustrations. Throughout the session, they can choose to lead the group or follow the lead of other children at will.
"Book in Hand" was developed by the librarians of the Eric Carle Musuem of Picture Book Art in Amherst, Massachusetts.