Research Roundup: Paley’s Practice: Storytelling, Story Acting, and Early Learning

Lisa M. Sensale Yazdian, Betsy Diamant-Cohen


In the early years, children’s librarians traditionally lit a candle at the beginning of each storytime. The altered atmosphere helped transport children mentally to a land of stories. The candle was blown out at the end of the session, bringing them back to the library. Although this tradition has not endured (due perhaps to the invention of smoke alarms), storytelling remains an effective tool that can be used by librarians.

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