Early Literacy Storytimes
A resource for early literacy advocates, librarians and childcare professionals

Course Overview

This online distance learning workshop is for librarians, para-professionals, library students, preschool teachers, childcare professionals and other life-long learners who work with children and would like or need additional training for early literacy storytimes and parent/caregiver instruction that prescribe to the American Library Association's Every Child Ready to Read @ Your Library Initiative.

Learners will be able to:

  • Earn college/graduate school credit or further their professional development
  • Implement and communicate the ECRR philosophy in a sotrytime
  • Present ECRR training sessions for parents and other literacy professionals

Learners will also be able to return to the site to refresh and review ECRR points which will aid them in the daily or weekly tasks of presenting storytimes.  The ECRR wiki will also serve as a reference for sample ideas. 


Textbooks for this class

Ghoting, Saroj & Martin-Diaz, Pamela.  Early Literacy Storytimes @ Your Library: Partnering with Caregivers for Success.  Chicago, IL: ALA Editions, 2005.  ISBN: 0838908993

Saroj Ghoting is an Early Childhood Literacy Consultant. She is currently a consultant for the Public Library Association and the Association for Library Service to Children of the American Library Association on the Every Child Ready to Read @ your library® early literacy initiative. She presents early literacy training and information sessions at national, regional, and state conferences, and training for library staff and their partners. She is a co-author of Early Literacy Storytimes @ your library: Partnering with Caregivers for Success published by ALA Editions. This book applies the information from the Every Child Ready to Read @ your library workshops to the storytime setting.  The link to her website is in the sidebar or follow this link here.


Hall, Susan & Moats, Louisa.  Straight Talk About Reading: How Parents Can Make a Difference During the Early Years.  Lincolnwood, IL: McGraw-Hill, 1998.  ISBN: 0809228572


Jensen, Eric.  Teaching with the Brain in Mind.  Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development, 2005.  ISBN: 1416600302 

Jensen Learning is a leading-edge staff development organization. It is registered as a California corporation owned by Eric and Diane Jensen with a combined 48 years of educational experience.

Jensen Learning Corporation was originally founded as Turning Point in 1985, and incorporated in 1997. Jensen Learning has trained more educators in brain-based learning than anyone else in the world with over 50,000 graduates.

The mission of Jensen Learning is to make a significant, positive and lasting impact on the way we teach and train. We strive to fulfill this mission though our services, speaking and trainings.

The specialty of Jensen Learning is the integration of brain research into practical, user-friendly training applications. We blend solid research on the brain with other related disciplines to insure a powerful, accurate message.  Eric Jensen's website link is located in the sidebar, or follow this link here.


A note about "Distance Learning"

Distance learning can be a challenge, but it can also provide a convenient and thorough learning environment.  See Annette Lamb’s online article  "Teaching and Learning at a Distance" 



You will have 5 Assignments to complete that are each worth 15 points.  Your Final Project will be worth 25 points.  The total points possible for this course is 100 points.  Click here to read IUPUI's Grading Scale breakdown.


First, let's learn about the Every Child Ready to Read @ Your Library Initiative.


Begin by following the links below: 

The History of Every Child Ready to Read @ Your Library

What is Early Literacy?


This website was created as the Final Project for Dr. Annette Lamb's High Tech Learning course during the Fall of 2007.  It was created by Yvette Couser.

For more information about Dr. Lamb and High Tech Learning on the Eduscapes website, please click here.

For more information on the School of Library and Information Science at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, please click here.

Click here to link to the American Library Association's home page.

What is Early Literacy?

Learn the Six Early Literacy Skills in ECRR

Storytime Basics

Digital Flannelboard



Class Wiki

American Library Association and ECRR


Saroj Ghoting's Website

Eric Jensen's Website