Preschool teachers and early childhood professionals know that storybook reading is important, but they may not know how to maximize its benefits for later reading achievement. This indispensable guide presents research-based techniques for using reading aloud to intentionally and systematically build children's knowledge of print. Simple yet powerful strategies are provided for teaching preschoolers about book and print organization, print meaning, letters, and words, all while sharing engaging, commercially available books. Appendices include a detailed book list and 60 reproducibles that feature activities and prompts keyed to each text.
Publisher: Guilford Publications
Number of pages: 214
Weight: 410 g
Dimensions: 254 x 178 x 15 mm
"Justice and Sofka show us how to engage young children with print in ways that enable them to 'take off' in formal reading instruction later on. This book is evidence based and scholarly, yet user friendly and instructionally transparent. The 30 Sit Together and Read (STAR) lesson plans in the back of the book are elegant models for targeting specific print skills with specific books. Finally--a practical guide that weds language development and emergent literacy theory in the context of socially responsive, sensitive, print-rich activities."--Marcia Invernizzi, PhD, Henderson Professor of Reading Education and Director, McGuffey Reading Center, University of Virginia"This unique book provides the scientific evidence for promoting children's early literacy growth through interaction with text. Beautifully written and clearly organized, the book offers teachers a blueprint for providing read-aloud experiences of the highest quality. It takes the oft-repeated refrain 'we should read to our children' and shows exactly why and how. A 'must read' for early literacy professionals and students."--Anne E. Cunningham, PhD, Graduate School of Education, University of California, Berkeley