- If you’re worried that you’re not knowledgeable enough about school readiness or that you’ll sound judgmental, you’re not alone. Some of the librarians we interviewed and librarians in other studies (Neuman, Moland, & Celano, 2017; Stewart et al., 2014) shared these worries about delivering asides. You’re already taking a step to overcoming the first worry by reading this guide! You can talk to caregivers about the strategies you’re trying, sharing while you explore and learn. Overcome the second worry by practicing your wording ahead of time so that you sound more informative than instructional. To avoid saying things like “you should,” prepare phrasing such as “I like to [strategy] because [reason/way it promotes school readiness]” or “When we [strategy], we’re promoting [aspect of school readiness] because [reason/way it promotes school readiness].” For example, "I like to ask children why a solution worked in the book because it promotes problem-solving skills."
- Experiment to find wording that feels comfortable for you. You might choose a form of address to alert the caregivers that you’re talking directly to them— “caregivers,” “adults,” “grown-ups,” “friends,” etc. You can call the aside an early literacy tip, a take-home tip, a “try this at home” idea, a school readiness strategy, etc.
- Pair giving an aside with an element you already always include in your storytime routine. The most obvious choice is with the first book you read aloud; pair saying the book’s title and author with saying your aside.
- Make a visual aid to remember your aside. Put a sticky note on the book you’re sharing or on the container of materials for an activity or craft. Add a note to the slide presentation or other technology you use to display song lyrics.