Category: Book Start Bustle

Book Start Bustle: October





Book Start Staff Member of the Month

Cheryl Bryan

Book Start Staff Contact

Branch: Roxborough

Cheryl joined DCL in 1998.

“I love that DCL supports Book Start through our wonderful volunteers and inspires them to share the love of reading.”

Did You Know?

Early Literacy Practice – Write

Drawing and scribbling allow children to express themselves before they write. Encouraging them to “sign” their name to their drawings can teach them that print can represent words. You can practice this in storytime by finding books with varied lettering or signatures, like The Book With No Pictures by B.J. Novak and What’s Your Favorite Animal? by Eric Carle and friends.

Music & Movement Tip: Chanting

Sometimes you don’t want to sing, but there are lots of good chants out there! A great one to do that has movement and teaches opposites is the chant “Roly Poly.” Check out this video, which shows the chant with music behind it, or click here to view alternate versions performed by librarians.

Why Is Storytime Beneficial to Children?

It’s easy to understand why reading and singing to children can be beneficial, but why is storytime important? There are a lot of reasons for this:

  • Hearing stories and songs from an adult other than immediate family gives children a more diverse selection of stories and styles than they might otherwise get.
  • They learn how to pay attention to someone who isn’t their normal caregiver.
  • By listening with a group of other kids, they experience the public performance of literature and can see the engagement of other children.
  • The combination of songs and stories creates a positive association with reading, promoting a lifelong love of reading for pleasure.

Read more about the benefits to children from a parent’s perspective in this article from Medium.


Have You Had a Chance to Try … The Wheels on the Bus?

You can use this flannel board to teach this beloved children’s song. Looking for alternate verses to fit your theme? Try these or these!


Book Start Bustle: April





Book Start Staff Member of the Month

Karen Weber

Book Start Staff Contact

Branch: Lone Tree

Karen joined DCL in 2015.

“Book Start is a wonderful community outreach program! Our volunteers are amazing, and the materials are timeless, fun and inclusive. Being part of such an important program within DCL is really inspiring. Thank you, Book Start readers!”

Did You Know?


Using gestures with your stories and songs is a great way to help kids talk. Children who use gestures tend to develop larger vocabularies, learn words more quickly, and construct sentences earlier. Read more here.

Music & Movement Tip: Nursery Rhymes

Lots of classic nursery rhymes have movements that go with them. Check out this list by Teach & Sing, Inc.

Why Is Dialogic Reading Beneficial to Children?

We can do a lot more than simply read the words on a book’s page. Dialogic reading creates interaction with children, like asking them questions about the story to keep them engaged. Language development in children who have been read to dialogically usually surpasses that of children who are read to in the traditional way. Read more here.

Have You Had a Chance to Try … Teddy Bear Songs? 

Check out these ideas: one, two, three.



Book Start Bustle: January





Book Start Staff Member of the Month

Neelam Chauhan

Book Start Staff Contact

Branch: Castle Pines


Neelam joined DCL in 2015.

“I love Book Start because it is an amazing program that develops early literacy skills in young children with the help of wonderful volunteers.”


Did You Know?


Play is integral in child development, and sometimes the best toys are simple ones. Toys like blocks and dolls — or our scarves and eggs — can help children to fully explore their imagination. Read more here.


Music & Movement Tip: Hello Songs

Using the same opening song with movement can be a great way to get kids ready for Storytime. Check out these hello songs from Jbrary.


Why Are Visuals Beneficial to Children?

Adding a visual element to a song or book can make a huge difference. Using pictures or flannels alongside text or songs can increase comprehension by 95 percent. Try reading The Wheels on the Bus using the flannel, or singing Old MacDonald using puppets.


Have You Had a Chance to Try … Shaker Eggs? 

Here are some ideas!