Book Talk: Growing Into Early Literacy Through Read-Aloud Conversations
Published by: Teachers College Press
Imprint: Teachers College Press
Sales Date: 2021-09-24
Published: September 2021
Imprint: Teachers College Press
Page Count: 176 Pages
Dimensions: 6.00 x 9.00
176 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 in
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Discover the language and learning possibilities of young children?s active engagement with book experiences, in which they talk with one another as they make meaning from literature centered around their lives and interests. Drawing from their backgrounds as teachers and researchers, as well as their many experiences facilitating and observing read-alouds with diverse students, the authors provide a practical guide to conducting book discussions that promote deep engagement and the natural development of literacy skills (PreK?2). The text includes detailed recommendations for setting up the classroom reading environment, selecting books, preparing materials, setting goals, and integrating discussions with curricular demands, all while maintaining a child-centered philosophy and addressing the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse students. Book Talk melds theory about literacy learning with the practical realities of reading and talking with young children in 21st-century preschool and primary classrooms.
- Promotes read-aloud experiences that keep children, their backgrounds, and their experiences front and center.
- Offers guidance for tailoring discussions around specific learning goals across the literacy curriculum.
- Shares the authors? learning journeys and their support for the learning of other early childhood educators.
- Includes vignettes from classroom literature discussions, as well as conversations between educators.
- Incorporates classroom observations, teacher reflections, and research-based teaching practices.
- Addresses a variety of early childhood audiences, including preschool, kindergarten, and primary-grade teachers, preservice teacher candidates, school librarians, and teacher educators.
Shared Classroom Reading Experiences?5
Beginning Your Journey?7
1. Mindset of a Teacher-Learner?11
What We Know?12
Examples From Our Journey?16
Ideas That Get Us Started?19
Continuing Your Journey?23
2. Setting the Stage for Literature Discussions?25
What We Know?26
Examples From Our Journey?30
Ideas That Get Us Started?35
Continuing Your Journey?43
3. Choosing Books That Prompt Involvement in Text Discussion?44
What We Know?45
Examples From Our Journey?47
Ideas That Get Us Started?56
Continuing Your Journey?61
4. Young Children?s Responses to Literature?63
What We Know?64
Examples From Our Journey?70
Ideas That Get Us Started?75
Continuing Your Journey?82
5. Literature Discussion to Support Literacy Skills?84
What We Know?85
Examples From Our Journey?92
Ideas That Get Us Started?96
Continuing Your Journey?98
6. A Holistic Approach to Literature Discussion?100
What We Know?102
Examples From Our Journey?106
Ideas That Get Us Started?111
Continuing Your Journey?114
7. Planning for the Literature Discussion?116
What We Know?117
Examples From Our Journey?123
Ideas That Get Us Started?129
Continuing Your Journey?136
Appendix: Resources for Your Learning Journey?141
About the Authors?163