Transforming Storytime Beyond the Book


It’s the first week of May, and I’m in Indianapolis, ready to present at the IAEYC Conference.  The first presentation , which will take place tomorrow at 3:15, is called “Transforming Storytime Beyond the Book.” It is a shorter, condensed version of my book Transforming Preschool Storytime (published by Neal-Schuman in 2013). 

Earlier this year,  I met Jennie Spencer at a “Conscious Discipline” training in Wicomico County, MD. The material she covered was impressive, she was charismatic and engaging, and I knew right away that I wanted to work on something together with her.  We are both committed to helping children be the best they can be by using gentle, loving, and fun techniques, This presentation is our first joint project.

Making a powerpoint for a presentation that explains and honors Conscious Discipline along withthe Mother Goose on the Loose philosophy has been lots of fun.

Available to everyone for free download is this hand-out that is meant to help planning a book experience that touches upon multiple intelligences and awakens all sorts of skills.

An additional hand-out, from an earlier workshop Transforming Preschool Storytime Workshop for librarians can be downloaded from here:  This focuses more on school readiness skills and social and emotional skills.

My other presentation will be on Saturday with Dana Antonelli, Mother Goose on the Loose at the Champaign Public Library in Champaign, IL. Dana rides the library’s Goosemobile around town,  bringing MGOL to a wide selection on people there. We will be presenting on Sharing Fun Early Literacy Practices with MGOL. It is also our first time presenting together and I’m looking forward to it. The hand-out for that presentation can be downloaded from:

If you are attending the conference and see this blogpost, feel free to come over and say hi!

About Dr. Betsy Diamant-Cohen

A renowned national speaker and accomplished author, Dr. Betsy Diamant-Cohen is best known as the creator of Mother Goose on the Loose, an award-winning early literacy program. Her charismatic presentations always include an easily-understandable combination of research and practice. Recognized by the ASCLA Leadership and Professional Achievement Award for “revolutionizing the way librarians work with children from birth to age 3” and the 2018 Vattemare Award for Creativity in Libraries, Betsy’s passion is for helping children and the adults in their lives be the best they can be while sparking a love of reading.