Early childhood education

These are some of the best ECE books, websites and other resources. Browse by topic:

BPL storytime kits and felt stories

ECE staff working in Burnaby can use a Group Loan Card to borrow:

  • Thematic storytime kits that include books, felt stories, finger puppets, books, a booklet of thematic fingerplays and rhymes, a CD and other props.
  • Felt stories for popular holidays including Hallowe'en, Christmas and Lunar New Year.

Getting started in ECE

If you are new to circle time or working with young children, are rushed for time or just want some fresh ideas, start with these books and websites. Rhymes and songs are one of the most important part of any circle time. Here are some great websites to get started.

Embracing Diversity: Sharing Our Stories and Rhymes
BPL's online community resource featuring video performances of children's rhymes and songs in 15 languages, along with many resources to support storytimes.

Tell Me a Story: Fingerplays, Rhymes and Songs
Video clips of King County Library System performing a wide variety of fingerplays, rhymes and songs.

Jbrary A local storytime site by two children's librarians.

Young Adults and Children’s Services Section, BCLA  Children's librarians from around the Lower Mainland share their favourite rhymes for storytime. Arranged by playlists and themes. See where your favourite children's librarians go to share rhymes and get inspired!

Want more? These sites have a variety of great information.

The Activity Idea Place
Over 3,400 activity ideas for early childhood education professionals.

Earlychildhood News
A comprehensive resource for teachers and parents of young children from birth to age eight.

Early Childhood Today
Replaces the discontinued Scholastic magazine. Gives free access to an archive of over 22 years of early childhood information from top experts in the field.

Education World: Early Childhood Community
Hundreds of activities, rhymes and more to suit dozens of themes.

Everything Preschool
Over 30,000 preschool education activities separated into over 100 themes, 26 alphabet areas and lesson plans.

Hummingbird Education Resources
Lesson plans, a catalogue of songbooks, links to other websites, and a teacher's lounge for idea sharing.

The Idea Box
Activities, crafts, songs and recipes for toddlers and preschoolers.

Preschool Education
A treasure trove for early childhood specialists.

Preschool Express
Jean Warren's educational activity resource for parents, teachers and grandparents of one- to five-year-olds.

Teacher QuickSource
Includes a comprehensive breakdown and explanation of developmental goals by age. Includes development-specific activities.

YMCA Child Care Resource & Referral
Provides information, referrals, training and resources to the local ECE community.

Music and movement

Books, handouts and websites full of fingerplays, rhymes, songs and other activities. Having a wide range of activities at your fingertips is invaluable in a child care setting. 

Download thematic BPL handouts of fingerplays, songs and rhymes: 

Gayle's Preschool Rainbow: Preschool Fingerplays, Action Poems, Nursery Rhymes, and Songs
A wide selection of activities grouped by common early childhood education themes.

Kididdles: Mojo's Song Lyrics
Search for song lyrics by title or subject. Many are accompanied by sound files so you can hear the tune!

Mama Lisa's World
Children's songs and nursery rhymes from around the world.

Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes
Includes alphabetical access to the words for over 350 nursery rhymes, clip art, a brief history of Mother Goose, as well as fractured versions of well-known rhymes.

The Mother Goose Pages
Search for rhymes by broad themes. Includes performance tips and history for most rhymes.

Sing Along Midis and Lyrics for the NIEHS Kids' Pages
Tunes and words to many songs for young children.

Songs for Teaching
Thousands of children's songs, lyrics, sound clips and teaching ideas.

Visual storytime ideas

Books and websites with ideas for using felt boards, puppets, draw-and-tell stories, and more visual props during storytime.

Flannel Friday
Ideas, tips and patterns for storytime felt board activities.

Preschool Printables
Includes free downloadable felt board stories and finger puppets.

Arts and crafts

Books and websites to spark your creativity.

The Crafty Crow
This blog collects links to hundreds of crafts on the web.  Click on "Categories" to browse by age or subject.

DLTK's Crafts for Kids
Crafts, colouring pages, projects for holidays and educational themes.  Links to similar sites.

Kaboose Crafts for Kids
Includes a wide selection of seasonal and holiday-based ideas.

Thousands of classroom-tested free lesson plans, ideas and resources contributed by people from around the world.

TinkerLab : Creative Experiments for Maker Families
The creator of this site works with families and educators to foster creativity through hands-on making.

Math and science

Books and websites.

PBS Parents Early Math
A site that helps nurture development of math skills in the early years.

Inclusion resources

Books to help you plan inclusive programs and activities to promote the participation of children with special needs into integrated early learning settings.

Early childhood development

Books to increase your understanding of development from ages 0 to 6.