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Effective Read-Alouds for Early Literacy


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1. Using Read-Alouds to Build Early Literacy and Language2. Preparing for Read-Alouds in the Classroom3. Developing Oral Language through Read-Alouds4. Developing Vocabulary through Read-Alouds5. Developing Book and Print Conventions through Read-Alouds6. Developing Alphabet Awareness through Read-Alouds7. Developing Phonological Awareness through Read-Alouds8. Developing Comprehension through Read-Alouds9. Tracking Your ProgressAppendix. Blank Planning TemplatesChildren's Books

About the Author

Katherine A. Beauchat, EdD, is Assistant Professor at York College of Pennsylvania, where she teaches undergraduate and graduate classes in literacy education. Her research interests include professional development for preschool educators in the area of literacy and language instruction and effective techniques and strategies to bolster at-risk preschool children's oral language and vocabulary development. Katrin L. Blamey, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Education at DeSales University, Center Valley, Pennsylvania, where she teaches courses on early childhood literacy and elementary reading methods. Her research interests include finding effective, practical ways to implement professional development in the preschool setting and developing instructional techniques for building the language and literacy skills of preschool-age English language learners. Zoi A. Philippakos, MEd, is a doctoral student in literacy education at the University of Delaware. She has her master's degree in reading, has worked as an elementary school teacher and literacy coach, and provides professional development to teachers about effective reading and writing strategies. Her interests include reading and writing instruction for students in the elementary grades.


"A 'must read' for every early childhood educator! The authors' wealth of expertise, wise advice, and love of reading shine on every page. They have skillfully crafted an invaluable resource designed to develop lifelong readers. This book is in tune with best practices and provides classroom-proven tools for planning rich, rewarding, and playful read-alouds. You will come away equipped and energized to set the stage for reading aloud in your own classroom."--Tammy C. Howell, MEd, English language arts teacher, Central York (Pennsylvania) School District

"In this excellent book, Beauchat et al. provide teachers of young children with an incredibly clear and cogent explanation of why and how to harness the instructional potential of read-alouds. Their discussion draws on current research to describe how high-interest read-alouds can strengthen children's alphabetic, linguistic, and comprehension skills. One feature that separates this book from others is the support it offers for teaching these crucial skills individually and in combination."--David Coker, EdD, School of Education, University of Delaware

"There is a consistent structure across chapters that makes the book reader friendly. Planning templates facilitate application of the strategies presented. I found the content to be current and evidence based. Teachers will walk away with a cache of high-utility instructional strategies; Head Start directors and other school leaders will find this book a great professional development resource."--Priscilla L. Griffith, PhD, Ruth G. Hardman Chair in Education and Director, Oklahoma Writing Project, University of Oklahoma

"In an engaging and accessible style--as if speaking directly to other teachers--the authors provide clear instructions for reading aloud to young children in order to develop their full potential as emerging readers. The focus on picture books, the detailed and realistic portraits of teachers in their classrooms, and the consistent format of each chapter make this a book I highly recommend for preservice and practicing early childhood teachers."--April Whatley Bedford, PhD, College of Education and Human Development, University of New Orleans

"Preschool and primary teachers who want to raise the caliber of their read-alouds need to read this book. Experienced teachers will enjoy the book as a smartly written refresher guide, and new teachers will find it an invaluable resource. Phonological awareness, the development of oral language and print awareness, vocabulary, and comprehension are discussed in clear, easy-to-digest chapters. Handy planning guides are provided, too. If you've ever thought you could get more from your read-alouds, you're right--this book shows you how."--Amy Walter, MA, primary teacher, The American School in London, United Kingdom

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