MGOL in the News


Selected Articles about Mother Goose on the Loose:

December 2023 – School Library Journal uses Mother Goose on the Loose: Hatchlings as an example of “how inventive public library outreach builds goodwill.”

December, 2023 – Tiffany Cao win’s second place for her Poster, “The Impact of Goslings-II on NICU Parent-Infant Interactions” at the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s 46th Annual Medical Student Research Day, 2023

October 2023 – DC News Now talks about MGOL Hatchlings at the Prince George’s County Memorial Library System.

May 2023: Mother Goose is on the Loose at the Champaign Public Library in Illinois

May 22, 2022 – Horn Book publishes an article “Learning to Read Upside Down” by Amanda Lawrence, who writes about the MGOL Executive Function course available on NicheAcademy.

March 8 2023 – ‘Hatchlings’ Program to Help Expectant and New Parents Build Skills as Babies’ Earliest Teachers to be Offered in March at Montgomery County Public Libraries”

Feb. 14, 2023 – “Hatchlings, Part I: Ready to Hatch” on the Montgomery County Public Libraries’ Blog

ALSC Names Betsy Diamant-Cohen as 2022 Distinguished Service Award Winner

Good Day, Orange County interviews Dr. Betsy D-C

Mayor Steve Martin Informs Californians about Online MGOL Programing Watch Here.

Read about Crystal Jolly, Children’s Librarian at the Parkman Branch of the Detroit Public Library who created the “Virtual Baby Time: Mother Goose on the Loose” video series while the library is/was closed.

June 29, 2020 – Children and Libraries magazine publishes the article “Storytime, Three Ways: From Razzle-Dazzle to Library Giants” by Laura Raphael, that mentions MGOL twice.

May 27, 2020 – WJZ 13, CBS Baltimore interviews Cork Hardin about his online Mother Goose on the Loose programs as a response to COVID-19.

April 2, 2020 – Mother Goose on the Loose goes virtual. For information about other virtual MGOL storytimes due to COVID-19, visit

Mother Goose on the Loose goes online amid COVID. WTHI-TV reports that Rachel Williams, former Mother Goose on the Loose from the Vigo County Public Library and current school librarian at West Vigo Middle School, created a YouTube channel to read stories to children.

Feb. 20, 2020 – Parents Glued to Their Devices During Storytime? How To Encourage Active Participation in Library Programs was published in School Library Journal. Written by Rachel G. Payne and Jessica Ralli, it describes the welcoming comments in a MGOL program as a way to discourage or limit phone use during storytimes in a positive manner.

December 16, 2019-  Storytime’s Brain-Building Power, First steps, was published in the School Library Journal (SLJ). Written  by Jessica Ralli and Rachel G. Payne.

Read the online official Report from the 2019 Ready 2 Read Rendezvous in Montana and learn about the impact it had on participants.

Re-energizing Mother Goose on the Loose is an American Libraries article written by Amy Steinbauer on  June 22, 2019 regarding a hands-on presentation at ALA where attendees heard about “recent updates to the program and ideas for adapting it to a variety of settings.” Read more here…

May 30, 2019 – Due to its overwhelming popularity, Mother Goose on the Loose (Baby Story Time) expands.

Pre-literacy programming – here, there, and everywhere is a press release announcing the latest MGOL book to be published. Released on February 21, 2019, ““Mother Goose on the Loose—Here, There, and Everywhere,” published by ALA Editions, provides the inspiration and groundwork for librarians, educators, and caregivers to adapt MGOL for a variety of settings.” Read more…

An update to the classic Mother Goose on the Loose pre-literacy resource is a press release announcing the publication of the updated MGOL manual. ” Named an “outstanding resource” in a starred review by Library Journal, Betsy Diamant-Cohen’s Mother Goose on the Loose (MGOL) incorporates books, rhymes, fingerplays, flannelboards, music, dance, and child-parent interaction into dynamic programs that bring whole families into the library. Its research-based approach to helping young children learn has made the book a bestseller, and the newly revised “Mother Goose on the Loose, Updated!” now includes additional research, information, and tips. Filled with ready-to-use plans and activities that build motor, music, social, emotional, and pre-literacy skills in infants and toddlers, this resource published by ALA Editions includes: Read more…

After more than 20 years, Mother Goose is still on the loose: an interview with Betsy Diamant-Cohen. Posted by Rob Christopher on 03/05/2019, in honor of her upcoming pair of complimentary books. “We talked with her about how public libraries’ approach to pre-literacy initiatives has changed in the past two decades, the effect of digital tools on pre-literacy programming, and why MGOL is so flexible.” Read more…

Betsy Diamant-Cohen was selected as the winner of the 2018 Alexandre Vattemare 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. 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.

An August 9, 2018 article in the newsletter of the Alaska Library Association entitled “Early Literacy: Mother Goose on the Loose” describes the adaptation of basic MGOL practices into the “Bouncing Babies” program currently offered at the Soldotna Public Library in Alaska. Written by Rachel K. Nash, Librarian.

Mother Goose in the NICU: Support for the Neediest Infants and Their Families,” an article jointly written by Betsy Diamant-Cohen, Susan Sonnenschein, Dawn Sacks, Summer Rosswog, and Brenda Hussey-Gardner was published in Children and Libraries magazine in Spring 2018.

“Librarians Go Bananas for STREAM” is an article written by Tiffany McClary at the New Jersey State Library regarding an MGOL “Play Your Way to Literacy and STREAM” workshop. It begins like this: “When was the last time you started a work-related training event by singing about eating a banana? Or how about interviewing a puppet for three minutes and telling the class what the puppet told you? The workshop was informative, with a lot to take away, but it was also fun. The room filled with laughter during the team block building exercise. Adults playing like children and enjoying themselves – not your typical workshop fare.” To read more, click here.

Bring Back Mother Goose on the Loose is a petition by the families of Roseville, CA who were upset that the library changed it’s scheduled from 4 sessions per week to only 1 session per week. The petition states that “all 4 [sessions] were usually full to capacity… [at] 1 session and so many children are turned away each week” and “There are more “story time” sessions that have been added to the schedule, but in comparison to Mother Goose on the Loose, these sessions are lacking in engagement, learning material, space and Miss Lisa. ”

The Every Child Ready to Read Evaluation Report (Bringing Literacy Home: An Evaluation of the Every Child Ready to Read Program) highlights Mother Goose on the Loose,  on pages 33, 35-37.  While the report does not mention MGOL by name, it is clearly a MGOL program and the library quoted, Jenna, is a seasoned MGOL presenter. November, 2017

Nebraska librarian bases her storytime program on Transforming Preschool Storytime – August 2017

Diversity Through International Youth Literature- Winter 2016.

Digital Media and Young Children- Summer 2016.

The University of Maryland Medical Center created a video to highlight the new Mother Goose on the Loose Goslings program, developed by Dr. Betsy Diamant-Cohen and presented to NICU families by members of Port Discovery Children’s Museum Education Team.

Baltimore Sun Health Beat: Mother Goose on the Loose Goslings program at University of Maryland Medical Center. The Mother Goose on the Loose Goslings program at the University of Maryland Medical Center is a research-based targeted initiative that teaches families and volunteers how to best engage premature infants using early language and literacy activities. (Ulysses Muñoz, Lloyd Fox / Baltimore Sun video)

In an interview with The Hechinger Report, Lisa Guernsey, director of New America’s early education initiative and of its learning technologies project, mentions the Mother Goose on the Loose app.

A recent report, “Brain-Building Powerhouses: How Museums and Libraries Can Strengthen Executive Function Life Skills” highlights Mother Goose on the Loose  (see page 10). (PDF format)

School Library Journal talks about MGOL in a July, 2014 article called “Why Music Matters.”

Goose 2.0 Turns One Year Old Today!

MGOL named a “National Early Literacy Best Practice.” (PDF format)

“Mother Goose on the Loose – The Most Successful Program at the Library”

Betsy Diamant-Cohen receives ASLCA Leadership and Professional Development Award for creating and promoting Mother Goose on the Loose.

Photos from the Vigo County Public Library of their MGOL program. They have a Mother Goose on the Loose mobile that travels to local home daycares and schools, bringing the program to children of all ages in a wide variety of settings outside of the library.

The first report back on the FREE MGOL app!

iTunes Preview of MGOL app

MGOL app named a “best new app” by iTunes

Review of the Mother Goose on the Loose Felboard App

Flannel Friday: A blog with great rhymes and flannel suggestions as well! 

Baltimore’s Child The Goose with Baltimore Roots An Early Childhood Program Continues to Spread Its Wings

Read about the influence MGOL has had on the early literacy programs taking place in all of the public schools in Oklahoma City.

Early Literacy Workshops in Oklahoma involve multiple trainings

Mother Goose on the Loose at Mentor Public Library – Originally posted in 2013, the article was updated in 2018 and now includes photos.

OPAT (Oklahoma Parents as Teachers) is a free home visitation program for parents and children who live in Putnam City. Through it, MGOL is being offered at more than 50 elementary schools in Oklahoma City, and parents with children from birth to age 5 are being served.

Mother Goose Programs that Families Flock To!  ALSC Blog Guest Post written by Sharon McClintock –

Mother Goose on the Loose takes place in a LEAAP Center in Brazil, Indiana! – Feb. 29, 2012

Mother Goose Flies Again – in Mountain Democrat, California’s Oldest Newspaper, Feb. 25, 2012

Baby Storytime–Bells and Scarves – LibErin

Choosing Books After a MGOL Program Post Tribune, Feb. 21,2 2012

Giving Thoughtfully in Tough Times, Lincoln News Messenger, Jan. 26, 2012

Haney, Powell, Take New Positions in Oconee County Public Library System, Independent Mail, South Carolina, Jan. 25, 2012

Five Things You Need to Know Today, Martha’s Vineyard Patch, Jan. 20, 2012

Libary Holds Story time, Ohio Valley, Jan. 19, 2012

Mother Goose Stays With Friends, Jan. 4, 2012

Orange Library Awarded Prestigious Federal Grant for Very Young Children, Jan. 2010

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