Multicultural Storytime Magic

ALA Editions (2012)

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Storytime audiences grow ever more diverse, and materials used in programs must reflect that richness of experience. Multiculturalism need not be an occasional initiative attached to particular holidays. Best-selling authors MacMillan and Kirker offer a new paradigm for multicultural programs, one in which diversity is woven into any and every storytime, no matter what the topic. Arranged thematically around dozens of popular storytime themes, Multicultural Storytime Magic features

  • original and traditional resources from all over the world that will enrich storytimes for ages 2-5
  • concrete book recommendations, fingerplays, and other activities that can be integrated into existing storytimes
  • download links for flannelboard and stick puppet patterns, and illustrations of American Sign Language signs

With numerous activities and programming suggestions, this book will seamlessly integrate and enhance cultural awareness for children all year round.


Erica Littlefield of The Idaho Librarian says: “The content, organization, and resources included in Multicultural Storytime Magic make it a useful tool for youth services librarians in public libraries or school librarians who serve preschoolers and kindergarteners. It will help librarians incorporate multicultural touches into their regular storytimes or put together an entire storytime dedicated to a specific culture or country. Highly recommended.” Read the full review.

Carolyn Bourke of Australasian Public Libraries and Information Services says:  “Multicultural Storytime Magic does provide a very good range of themes with an excellent selection of age appropriate stories, songs and crafts with a multicultural flavour. The book really does offer 44 storytime themes which weave diversity into every topic. It would be a useful addition to the storytelling toolkits of school and public librarians.”  Read the full review.

Blair Christolon of School Library Journal says: “Both beginning storytellers and seasoned librarians can benefit from these fresh ideas.” Read the full review.

Multicultural Storytime Magic Web Extra Site
Featuring full-size flannelboard and magnetboard patterns and craft templates to go with the book Multicultural Storytime Magic.