New book examines the librarian’s role in early language and literacy development in under-fives

There is a growing awareness of the significance of the first five years of life for intellectual, social and emotional development and early intervention is of political interest. Following on from their groundbreaking first book, Delivering the Best Start, editors Carolynn Rankin and Avril Brock return to the subject of pre-school and early years library provision with Library Services from Birth to Five.

Featuring contributions and case studies from innovators and experts around the world, this book provides knowledge and understanding about early language and literacy development and how young children become successful through enjoyable and meaningful experiences.

Coverage includes:

  • an examination of the key role of library practitioners who work with young children
  • the importance of effective interdisciplinary teamwork for professionals working with the early years
  • a focus on involving parents and carers and valuing their culture, language, heritage and community
  • practical guidance given on setting up and running pre-school library services
  • contributions from experts around the world and case studies including Brooklyn Public Library, Vancouver Public Library, Moscow State Library for Children, Zadar Public Library and other examples from Australia, Denmark, Italy, Northern Ireland and Sweden.

This book will be useful reading for early years professionals and librarians, those responsible for commissioning and delivering pre-school library services, students of library and information studies or childhood studies and practitioners undertaking practical early years qualifications.

Read the first chapter of Library Services from Birth to Five.

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