Research confirms that reading success starts with young children enjoying library storytimes! Preschoolers' earliest experiences with books and reading are important; parent/caregiver knowledge can build on those experiences, according to research from the National Institute of Child Health & Development, conducted with pla and alsc, the co-initiators of the Every Child Ready to Read@your library[R] program. Author experts Ghoting and Martin-Diaz combine this cutting-edge early literacy research, which is the heart of the Every Child Ready to Read program, with practical implementation tips for busy children's librarians. Scripts and plans help librarians explain what adults can do to enhance children's print motivation, phonological awareness, vocabulary, narrative skills, print awareness, and letter knowledge. Proven, step-by-step methods address planning, promoting, and assessing this richly informative new kind of storytime. Children's librarians and early childhood experts can: (1) Integrate early literacy research and parental how-to into storytimes; (2) Help parents develop self-sufficiency in nurturing their children's early literacy skills; (3) Address the developmental needs of early talkers (newborn-2), talkers (age 2-3), and pre-readers (age 4-5); and (4) Use the tips, tools, promotional samples, and assessments to build on current programs. This book is divided into four parts. Part I, The Early Literacy Enhanced Storytime--Background, contains the following chapters: (1) Early Literacy Research--Explained; (2) Incorporating Key Early Literacy Concepts Into Storytime; (3) Dialogic Reading: How We Read With Children Makes a Difference; (4) Making Early Literacy Storytimes Accessible to all Children; and (5) Early Literacy and Speakers of Languages Other Than English. Part ii, Doing It, contains the following chapters: (6) Planning Your Literacy Enhanced Storytimes; (7)Storytimes for Early Talkers (newborns to 24 months); (8) Storytimes for Talkers (two- and three-year-olds); (9) Storytimes for Pre-readers and early readers (four- and five-year-olds); and (10) Build Your Own Early Literacy Storytimes. Part iii, Keeping it Going, contains the following chapters: (11) Assessing Your Storytime; and (12) Promoting. Part iv, Appendices, includes the following: (1) Manual Alphabet; (2) Encouraging early literacy at home (Sample Parent Tip Take-Home Pages and Sample Parent Tip Take-Home Pages); (3) Storytime Aids; (4) Early Literacy Aids; (5) Resources; and (6) Books/CDs Used in Cuddle-Up Storytime Samples.