Saroj Ghoting is an Early Childhood Literacy Consultant and national trainer on early literacy. She presents early literacy training and information sessions at national, regional, and state conferences, and training for library staff and their partners. She has been a consultant for the Public Library Association and the Association for Library Service to Children of the American Library Association on the Every Child Ready to Read @ your library® early literacy initiative. She is a co-author of Early Literacy Storytimes @ your library: Partnering with Caregivers for Success which applies the information from the Every Child Ready to Read @ your library workshops to the storytime setting, The Early Literacy Kit: A Handbook and Tip Cards from ALA Editions which offers information on the school readiness domains to convey to parents and caregivers in a storytime setting, and Storytimes for Everyone! Developing Young Children's Language and Literacy, which applies the updated research and approach of the second edition of Every Child Ready to Read® including supporting scientific and mathematical thinking to storytimes. Her newest book isSTEP into Storytime: Using StoryTime Effective Practice to Strengthen the Development of Newborns to Five-Year-Olds and includes information on presenting storytimes for mixed-age groups, when newborn to five-year-olds are in the same storytime


Time For a Story: Sharing Books with Infants and Toddlers

co-authored by Saroj

If you’ve ever tried reading with an infant or toddler, it may look something like this: you sit down on the floor and start reading, and the child pats the pages, chews on the book, or toddles away! With all the signs pointing to disinterest, is it even worth it to read to children from infancy to age two? The answer is yes! Children’s books are tools that prepare young children for later reading success—the way you use books with children makes a difference in their early literacy development. Planning story times with infants and toddlers can be challenging, but with thought and preparation, you can maximize the reading experiences of these little learners! In Time for a Story, explore fun and engaging ways to talk, sing, read, write, and play with young children throughout the day to help them begin developing important pre-literacy skills, including phonological awareness, print awareness, letter knowledge, and background knowledge. These practical techniques will help you put the children in your care on the path to school readiness! 


STEP into Storytime

Using StoryTime Effective Practice to Strengthen the Development of Newborns to Five-Year-Olds
Includes sample storytimes and ideas for mixed-age storytimes (newborn to age 5)
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. . . This book is a valuable resource and one that should be a part of every professional development collection for youth services staff. It is a refreshing take on library program guides that offers an accessible method of reinvigorating storytimes while providing deeper insight into early literacy development. Full text review included here. -School Library Journal
Early literacy experts Ghoting and Klatt present STEP into Storytime: Using StoryTime Effective Practice to Strengthen the Development of Newborns to Five-Year-Olds is an in-depth handbook to using storytime to promote cognitive development in very young children. Chapters feature over 30 ready-to-use storytime activities, along with extension activities; discussions of how storytime materials and activities promote language and literacy development; tips, tricks, and techniques for preparation and performance; lists of additional resources; and much more. A "must-have" for children's librarians and nursery school teachers and caregivers, STEP into Storytime is a professional-quality resource distilling decades of education and experimentation into a throughly accessible "best practices" compendium. Highly recommended! -James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief, Midwest Book Review

Storytimes for Everyone!

co-authored by Saroj 

Recognizing that informed, caring adults are critical to supporting early literacy development, Storytimes for Everyone!builds on the concepts introduced in the second edition of the Every Child Ready to Read® initiative to offer practical suggestions for incorporating early literacy information and strategies into the storytime setting. Early literacy experts Ghoting and Martin-Díaz, coauthors of the best-selling Early Literacy Storytimes @ your library® demonstrate how parents and caregivers, children with their eyes and minds wide open, and the storytime presenter can come together to create a storytime that is informative and, most of all, fun. Presenting a variety of songs, projects, and activities, their book

  • Explains how young children develop knowledge critical for reading comprehension

  • Discusses five vital storytime practices (singing, talking, reading, writing, and playing), which adults can be taught to use at home

  • Presents dozens of storytimes for babies/toddlers, twos, and preschoolers, that engage adults while keeping their children in focus

  • Addresses how young bilingual children acquire language, the use of science and math in storytimes, and other current research

This book can be used at the library, at home, or anywhere else storytimes take place.

The Early Literacy Kit: A Handbook and Tip Cards

co-authored by Saroj 

This innovative and practical kit, put together by two well-known specialists in the field of early literacy, contains everything storytime presenters for children from birth to age five and their parents or caregivers need to spread the word about school readiness skills to adult caregivers. Tips to parents/caregivers cover seven school readiness domains: physical development, social and emotional development, approaches to learning, language and literacy, cognition and general knowledge, mathematical and scientific thinking, and the arts. 

The Kit includes:

  • An accessible handbook with a resource section 
  • 104 reusable tip cards with coordinated activities 
  • A concise summary of important early literacy research 

Ideal for program planners, this convenient resource will help you teach caregivers the developing standards by which school readiness can be achieved.

Early Literacy Storytimes @ your Library: Partnering with Caregivers for Success

co-authored by Saroj 

What readers are saying about Early Literacy Storytimes @ your library:

Your book is THE resource for librarians that are working toward incorporating early literacy information into children's programs. It is the one tool that does it all--explains early literacy rational, provides research-based information, and suggests hundreds of ways to communicate palatable bits of information to caregivers/parents. I love the book. 

We developed a peer coaching method for staff to support one another as storytime presenters. We used the book for our study group sessions with lead coaches. It has been instrumental in helping both experienced and new storytime presenters understand the concept and the importance of incorporating early literacy skills into storytimes. --Dorothy