The Mother Goose on the Loose Blog

Attending the SRCD Conference


Last week I attended the biennial conference of the Society for Research in Child Development where I heard some of the latest research findings.

In my MGOL trainings, I mention some studies that show how infants are preprogrammed to connect with their parents. A poster from the University of Denver presented by Andrew Erhart describes “infant’s brain response to mother’s voice.”  His conclusion adds more aspects to the preprogramming” “This research demonstrates that infants show a neural preference towards mother’s voice and respond differently to different emotional prosody across a variety of brain areas.”  In addition, “this research shows that increased socioemotional development is associated with increased activation to mother’s voice (particularly happy voice) in areas of the brain responsible for social and emotion information processing in adults.

Look at poster by clicking on this link:  SRCD_infant_voice.

I also had the wonderful opportunity to hear Nobel Prize winning economist James Heckman speak about the follow-up research to the Perry HighScope Preschool Project.  I’m writing a column on the conference for Children and Libraries, so I don’t want to give away all the details.  But it was fascinating!

Here are a few more posters: Priase, Enjoyment, & high expectations_ Sarah Pepper SRCD_infant_voice


Priase, Enjoyment, & high expectations_ Sarah Pepper


Alexandre Vattemare Award for Creativity in Libraries !!!


In May, I was informed that I had received a national award for creativity in libraries. It is still thrilling and I wanted to share the news on my blog.  Below is the official press release:

Thurs., May 10, 2018

Contact: Rory Litwin
Phone: 916-905-0291

Betsy Diamant-Cohen Awarded the Vattemare Award for Creativity in Libraries

SACRAMENTO – Betsy Diamant-Cohen has been selected as the winner of the 2018 Alexandre Vattermare Award for Creativity in Libraries, in recognition of her work as the creator and Executive Director of the early literacy program, Mother Goose on the Loose.

The award jury was impressed by the success and growth of Mother Goose on the Loose as Diamant-Cohen has expanded it to reach families from all walks of life. A member of the award jury said of the awardee’s nomination, “Storytime is no longer bound to the confines of the library. Diamant-Cohen has taken the traditional storytime to an elevated level by using technology to reach and connect with educators, caregivers, parents, professionals, and children beyond the walls of the library.”

Given annually by Library Juice Press, the Vattemare Award recognizes contributions in the LIS field that are marked by originality, creative energy, and novel combinations of ideas. The primary consideration in selecting the awardee is their creation of new possibilities for libraries and library workers.

The award consists of $1000 and a framed certificate.


Thank you, everyone. Hooray!!!!!

Here, There, and Everywhere


Mother Goose on the Loose has certainly been traveling here, there, and everywhere, and soon there will be a book (to be published by ALA Editions) describing the types of programs with information on how you can use MGOL as outreach to your local unserved populations.

This coming week, I will be presenting with  Anne Bakker from Early Head Start in Venango County, PA, at the Early Childhood Education Summit, about her use of MGOL during home visits and family time.

And, here is a cool blog post someone just sent me a link to, that describes another successful MGOL outreach program, entitled “Reading in Rehab.”