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Developing Early Literacy 0-8
From Theory to Practice

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March 2014 | 224 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

'Developing Early Literacy presents an interesting range of literacy-related topics which address issues of current importance to early years practice and, in places, question current thinking. There is an excellent balance of theoretical background and case study examples which would make this a relevant and practical text for both students and early years professionals.'
- Mary-Louise Maynes, Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies, Bishop Grosseteste University

Providing clear guidance on how to develop early literacy, this book offers support with the planning and teaching of this vital aspect of the curriculum using innovative and exciting methods.

Linking theory with practice, topics covered include:

  • babies and very early communication
  • the importance of role play corners
  • outdoor learning and literacy
  • how rhyme and repetition help to develop literacy
  • teaching literacy to children who have English as an Additional Language (EAL)
  • literacy and diversity
  • using picture books to develop literacy
  • supporting transitions
  • different approaches to the teaching of phonics and early reading.

Each chapter has learning objectives, case studies featuring younger and older children from the Birth to 8 age range, a summary and suggested Further Reading. This text is essential reading for those on Early Childhood Studies, Early Years, Primary PGCE and Early Years teacher education courses.

Virginia Bower is Senior Lecturer at Canterbury Christ Church University.


Kathy Goouch
Baby Rooms
Joanne Palmer
Role Play Areas EYFS (ages zero to five), Key Stage 1 (ages five to seven) and beyond
Michael Green
Getting Outside
Karen Vincent
Seamless transitions from Foundation Stage to Year 1 (ages 3 to 6)
Virginia Bower
Supporting learners with English as an additional language
Virginia Bower and Verity Hill
Literacy and Diversity
Tracy Parvin
Diverse Approaches to Language Development
Susan Barrett and Virginia Bower
Rhythm, Rhyme and Repetition
Caroline Tancock
Tales and the Oral Tradition
Roger McDonald
Picture Books
Tracy Parvin
'This is How We Teach Reading in Our School'
Susan Barrett
Empowering Young Writers

Topics in this helpful book include: Babies and very early communication; the importance of role-play corners; outdoor learning and literacy; how rhyme and repetition helps to develop literacy; teaching literacy to children who have English as an additional language; literacy and diversity; using picture books to develop literacy; supporting transitions and different approaches to the teaching of phonics and early reading.         

Martine Horvath
Early Years Educator

The chapters in this book present a combination of evidence-based discussions which are then illuminated by practice-based case studies and research. This carefully balanced approach allows for some of the current issues which surround literacy to be explored from diverse perspectives. The chapters are organised within four main themes: ‘Environment’, ‘Provision for all’, Promoting language’ and ‘Inspiring readers and writers’. This thoughtfully considered construction allows for the chapters to be read in any order, depending on the reader’s needs, or interests... Opportunities to reflect on the case studies are encouraged throughout the book, thus inviting constructive dialogues which would not only support students’ development and understanding, but could also be of interest to all primary teaching professionals.

Tracy Parvin
UKLA Newsletter

A comprehensive book which explores provision and support for literacy development. Covers EAL and diverse approaches.

Mrs Samantha Smith
HSCFL, South Devon College
April 19, 2016

A useful supportive text for additional reading to support foundation and top up degree students as they explore and question issues surrounding early literacy for young children each chapter provides useful case studies and extended reading lists to support independent research.

Mrs Angela Mahon
Vocational Education , Manchester College of Arts & Techn.
February 15, 2016

A very good book which offers a mix of theory and practice. This will be excellent in supporting aspiring Early Years Teachers.

Mrs Louise Elaine Atkins
School of Education & Training, Greenwich University
June 22, 2015

A great book for the Early Years' students which will be highly recommended for them.

Miss KATY MEREDITH
CARE DEPARTMENT, COLEG Y CYMOEDD
June 12, 2015

very useful book for all students, particularly those focusing on literacy modules or Independent Studies/Dissertations with a literacy angle.

Mrs Nicola Stobbs
Institute of Education, Worcester University
March 31, 2015

Excellent book relevant content that meets assessmnet criteria.

Miss Jackie Sumner
Childhood & Youth Studies, Edge Hill University
March 27, 2015

Useful for the Early Years element of this course.

Mrs Jan Gourd
Faculty of Education, University of St Mark & St John
February 17, 2015

I particularly liked the objectives for each chapter and the highly relevant case studies that can be used as a teaching aid or a reflective support to students training as practitioners.

Miss Catherine Farnon
Faculty of Community Studies, Highlands College
January 31, 2015

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