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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

Very useful for any early years professional wishing to update their knowledge

Mrs Karen Fullman
Human and Physical Sciences, South Thames College
January 12, 2015

This is a great book for the Early Years' students and will be highly recommended for them.

Ms Susan Lane
Department of Education, Bedfordshire University
December 17, 2014

Great book for year 2 foundation degree early years students - excellent for wider reading on child development module

Ms Jane Burrow
Business & Management Teacher Training, Bromley College of FE and HE
December 9, 2014

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

Mrs Louise Atkins
School of Education & Training, Greenwich University
July 10, 2014

This will support case study work with a literacy focus. Comprehensive and current , very good.

Miss Sally Tingey
HE Early Years, Wiltshire College
July 8, 2014

This is a very useful book that covers all the key topics that the students will need to know about. The book is easy to access, and a good mix of theory and practical ideas.

Mrs Lisa Jeffery
School of Education, Northampton University
May 13, 2014

A really interesting text useful case studies are good for student independent study and seminar discussion activities.

Mrs Melanie Mackinder
Early years Education, Bishop Grosseteste Univ.
May 6, 2014

A supportive text which will support those completing EYTS develop and explore literacy and communication. Particularly useful for meeting strands of the Teachers Standards (Early Years).

Mrs Nikki Fairchild
Childhood Studies : Early Years, Chichester University
March 13, 2014

A very useful read. Our student's studying Language, communication and literacy development will gain a lot from reading this book. I found the further reading at the end of each chapter invaluable as it led me to more research. I also enjoyed the use of case studies and felt these would also be beneficial to our students.

Mrs Dawn Rigby
Dept of Applied Health Sciences, Farnborough College of Technology
March 10, 2014
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