Literacy Learning for Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers: Key Practices for Educators (Paperback)

Literacy Learning for Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers: Key Practices for Educators By Tanya S. Wright, Sonia Q. Cabell, Nell K. Duke Cover Image
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Literacy Learning begins at birth and continues throughout our lives Birth to age 5 is a critical period in building the foundation for later success in reading and writing. Educators play a vital role in nurturing young children's early language and literacy knowledge and skills. However, the specific practices that support literacy development in early childhood are often different than those used with older children.     From some of the foremost early literacy development experts in the field comes this practical resource that is a must-have for all educators of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. Using eight key practices-Knowing, Showing, Designing, Including, Engaging, Explaining, Observing, and Responding--as the framework, the authors discuss how educators can support five important areas of young children's early literacy development:
  • Language and knowledge Print concepts
  • Sounds and letters Writing Text comprehension

About the Author

Tanya S. Wright, PhD, is associate professor of literacy in the Department of Teacher Education at Michigan State University. She earned her PhD from the University of Michigan. Dr. Wright is a former kindergarten teacher whose research and teaching focus on literacy instruction during the early childhood years. She is the author of several books for teachers, including A Teacher's Guide to Vocabulary Development Across the Day. Dr. Wright is lead author of SOLID Start, an open-access science and disciplinary literacy curriculum for grades K-2 (http: // She is senior editor of The Reading Teacher, a peer-reviewed journal that publishes research-based practices for literacy educators working with children up to age 12. Dr. Wright received the International Literacy Association's Jerry Johns Outstanding Teacher Educator in Reading Award in 2022.Sonia Q. Cabell, PhD, is associate professor of reading education in the School of Teacher Education and the Florida Center for Reading Research at Florida State University. Before receiving her PhD at the University of Virginia, she worked as a second grade teacher and literacy coach. Dr. Cabell's research focuses on early literacy instruction with a particular interest in the prevention of reading difficulties. She has authored over 60 publications, including research articles, books, book chapters, and early childhood language and literacy curricula. She has served as principal investigator or co-principal investigator on federally funded research projects totaling approximately $9 million. Dr. Cabell has been an advisor or consultant for a variety of national organizations and state departments of education. Nell K. Duke,  EdD, is professor in literacy, language, and culture in the School of Education and the combined program in education and psychology at the University of Michigan. As of September 2022, Dr. Duke serves as the executive director of the Center for Early Literacy Success at Stand for Children ( She earned her bachelor's degree from Swarthmore College and her master's and doctoral degrees from Harvard University. Her work focuses on early literacy development, particularly among children living in economic poverty. Dr. Duke has received the International Literacy Association's William S. Gray Citation of Merit for outstanding contributions to research, theory, practice, and policy. Her website is Mariana Souto-Manning, PhD, is the fifth president of Erikson Institute in Chicago. She has served as professor of education at Teachers College, Columbia University, and held academic appointments at the University of Iceland and King's College London. Committed to the pursuit of justice in early childhood teaching and teacher education, Dr. Souto-Manning's research (re)centers methodologies and pedagogies on the lives, values, and experiences of intersectionally minoritized people of color. As she problematizes issues of colonization, assimilation, and oppression in schooling and society, Dr. Souto-Manning critically examines theoretical and methodological issues and dilemmas of doing research with communities of color, considering questions such as "Critical for whom?" and "According to whom?" Dr. Souto-Manning authored and coauthored 10 books, dozens of book chapters, and over 80 peer-reviewed articles. She has received a number of research awards, including the American Educational Research Association Division K Innovations in Research on Diversity in Teacher Education Award.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781952331084
ISBN-10: 1952331080
Publisher: National Association for the Education of You
Publication Date: October 25th, 2022
Pages: 152
Language: English