About PictureBookWOW

PictureBookWOW is a curated collection of recommended children’s picture books (in the printed format) for use in traditional or new media library storytimes, classrooms, etc…  The collection is intended as a resource for children’s librarians, teachers, parents and caregivers.  Each post is a recommendation that includes why a picture book was selected.

The StorytimeWOW Standards:  The materials selected for this collection meet The StorytimeWOW Standards (SWS) which are described here.

StorytimeWow_FinalLogo-1The StorytimeWOW Marquee Seal indicates that a picture book, eBook, app, or children’s music video meets the SWS and has been selected for one or more of the four collections on this website: PictureBookWOW (the traditional printed picture book format), Picture eBookWOW, AppWOW, or Music VideoWOW.

Post Formatting:  The format for material recommendation posts is as follows:

  • Bibliographic Information (including formats, price, reading and interest level, genre, and themes)
  • Summary – a summary of the story
  • Review
  • The StorytimeWOW Factor – why it was selected in relation to the SWS
  • Early Childhood Education and Development – how the book/eBook cultivates ECE and development
  • Bibliotherapeutic Usefulness
  • Significance (if applicable)
  • Read-alikes, Links, Awards and Other Reviews
  • Why I chose to review the book/eBook

Early Childhood Education and Development Topics:  Each recommendation also describes how the material cultivates early childhood education and development.  Analysis includes topics like:

  • The Six Pre-Reading Skills taught at your local library (click here)
  • The Five Early-Literacy Parent Practices from Every Child Ready to Read® at your library (click here)
  • The Kindergarten Readiness Checklist at FamilyEducation.com (click here)
  • Guidelines for a Common Core-focused Storytime (click here)
  • Key Experiences for Cognitive Development during the Preschool Years from the High Scope Cognitive Preschool Curriculum (click here)
  • The Four Purposes of Preschool Storytime from the Oakland Public Library’s Books for Wider Horizon (click here)
  • Children’s Learning Styles from Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences (click here)

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Written by Tom Schween, founder of storytimeWOW!