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New book examines the librarian’s role in early language and literacy development in under-fives

Facet Publishing have announced the release of Library Services from Birth to Five: Delivering the best start:

There is a growing awareness of the significance of the first five years of life for intellectual, social and emotional development and early intervention is of political interest. Following on from their groundbreaking first book, Delivering the Best Start, editors Carolynn Rankin and Avril Brock return to the subject of pre-school and early years library provision with contributions and case studies from innovators and experts around the world.

This book provides knowledge and understanding about early language and literacy development and how young children become successful through enjoyable and meaningful experiences.

Coverage includes:

• an examination of the key role of library practitioners who work with young children
• the importance of effective interdisciplinary teamwork for professionals working with the early years
• a focus on involving parents and carers and valuing their culture, language, heritage and community
• practical guidance given on setting up and running pre-school library services
• contributions from experts around the world and case studies including Brooklyn Public Library, Vancouver Public Library, Moscow State Library for Children, Zadar Public Library and other examples from Australia, Denmark, Italy, Northern Ireland and Sweden.

This book will be useful reading for early years professionals and librarians, those responsible for commissioning and delivering pre-school library services, students of library and information studies or childhood studies and practitioners undertaking practical early years qualifications.

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Library Services from Birth to Five: Delivering the best start is published by Facet Publishing and is available from Bookpoint Ltd or the Facet website: | Tel: +44 (0)1235 827702 | Fax: +44 (0)1235 827703 | Email: [email protected] | Web: | Mailing Address: Mail Order Dept, 39 Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon OX14 4TD. They are available in North America from the American Library Association:

Avril Brock has written several books in partnership with Carolynn Rankin on language, literacy and library services. She has recently published The Early Years Reflective Practice Handbook for early childhood educators. Avril has also written books and journal articles on play, professionalism, bilingualism and early language development. She has worked in higher education since 1989 at Bradford College and Leeds Metropolitan University, after having been a deputy head, primary and early years teacher in West Yorkshire, often working with linguistically diverse children. Avril’s PhD longitudinal research elicited early years educators’ thinking about their professionalism and this resulted in a typology of professionalism which has been developed across the early years interdisciplinary team. She has been involved in interdisciplinary partnerships with colleagues in West Yorkshire, Europe and the USA.

Carolynn Rankin is currently a Visiting Fellow in the Faculty of Arts, Environment, and Technology at Leeds Metropolitan University. Carolynn worked as an information management specialist for 20 years before moving into professional education in 2000. Carolynn has interdisciplinary research interests, exploring the connections between civil society, social justice, and access to literacy and learning via libraries. Her current research projects include a longitudinal evaluation of the development of the Sister Libraries programme for the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA). Carolynn’s professional activities include the role of External Examiner for the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) Professional Registration Board, and Assessor for CILIP Accreditation for Learning Providers. She is a member of the IFLA Standing Committee Library Theory and Research Section.

Press contact:
James Williams, Marketing Manager, Facet Publishing
Tel: +44 (0)20 7255 0597
Email: [email protected]

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