Reclaiming Early Childhood Literacies

Reclaiming Early Childhood Literacies : Narratives of Hope, Power, and Vision

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At a time when literacy has become more of a political issue than a research or pedagogical one, this volume refocuses attention on work with young children that places them at the center of their literacy worlds. Drawing on robust and growing knowledge which is often marginalized because of political and legislative forces, it explores young children's literacies as inclusive, redefined, and broadened-encompassing technologies, the arts, multiple modalities, and teaching and learning for democracy, cultural sustainability and social justice. Highlighted themes include children's rights to grow through playful engagements with multiple literacies to interrogate their worlds; adults who expand and inspire children's consciousness and awareness of others and the world around them; the centrality of meaning making in all aspects of language and literacy development; a deep respect for diversities, including languages, cultures, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status and more; and an expansive understanding of the nature of texts.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 290 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 17.78mm | 544g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 34 Halftones, black and white; 3 Tables, black and white
  • 1138944378
  • 9781138944374

Table of contents


Reclaiming Early Childhood Literacies

Richard J. Meyer and Kathryn F. Whitmore


Pillar Introduction: We Use a Lot More "Dots" in Arabic than You Do in English: A Learning Language Story

Jerome C. Harste and Carolyn L. Burke

Reclaiming or Reframing? Getting the Right Conceptual Metaphor for Thinking About Early Literacy Learning

Brian Cambourne

Chapter 2 Extension: Moving Toward the Discourse of Meaning-Making

Brian Cambourne and Richard J. Meyer

What Complex Miscues Tell Us About Kindergarteners' Making Sense of Print

Alan D. Flurkey and David P. Schultz

Chapter 3 Extension: Text Matters: Predictable and Decodable Texts

Prisca Martens

Take That Ronald! Disrupting Gender Role Binaries with Powerful Picturebooks

Kathryn F. Whitmore and Christie Angleton

Chapter 4 Extension: Innocence, Intersectionality, and Normativity: Choosing Powerful Picturebooks About Gender Diversity

Scott Ritchie

Toddlers, Touchscreens, and Tablet Technologies: Learning "Concepts Beyond Print"

Karen E. Wohlwend

Chapter 5 Extension: Digital Observers, Explorers, and Teachers in Preschool

Kathryn F. Whitmore and Emily L. Zuccaro


Pillar Introduction: Noisy `E's': A Language Story about Teaching

Jerome C. Harste and Carolyn L. Burke

"Doin' School in the Orchard": Reclaiming and Nurturing Kids' Connection to Nature Through Ecological Literacy

M. Ruth Davenport

Chapter 6 Extension: A Year of Rich Learning for a Young Child

Christine Sims and Richard J. Meyer

The Search for Joy and the Realities of Wounds in Early Literacy

Krystal Wood-Kofonow and Richard J. Meyer

Chapter 7 Extension: Amy and George: Wounds and Joy in Literacy Lives

Renita R. Schmidt and Meg M. Jacobs

Infusing Meaning and Joy back into Books: Reclaiming Literacy in Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Holly L. Damico, Jack S. Damico, Ryan L. Nelson, Christine Weill, and Jamie Maxwell

Chapter 8 Extension: Beginning the Lifelong Journey of Language and Literacy in Very Young Children

Michael L. Shaw


Pillar Introduction: Close Reading: A Curriculum Language Story

Jerome C. Harste and Carolyn L. Burke

Designing Literacy Curriculum: Teaching Literacy as Response to Learning

Kenneth S. Goodman and Yetta M. Goodman

Chapter 9 Extension: Designing Curriculum in Response to Max's and Zachary's Learning

Alan D. Flurkey and Kathryn F. Whitmore

First Grade Children Discover the Power of Expression by Creating Descriptive Drawings

S. Rebecca Leigh

Chapter 10 Extension: Art and Writing in Kindergarten Inquiry

Allen Koshewa

Reclaiming Early Literacies by Learning about Self and Others through Global Literature and Art

Prisca Martens, Ray Martens, Jenna Loomis, Michelle Hassay Doyle, Laura Fuhrman, Christie Furnari, Elizabeth Soper, and Robbie Stout

Chapter 11 Extension: Creating Global Understandings Through Play

Kathy G. Short and Maria V. Acevedo

Two Curricular Worlds: Home and School

Koomi Kim and Richard J. Meyer

Chapter 12 Extension: Merging Home and School Curriculum with Home-Based Literacy Portfolios

Jane Baskwill


Pillar Introduction: The ABC Snake: A Language Story

Jerome C. Harste and Carolyn L. Burke

"I got Angry Birds in my Story": Reclaiming Language in an ESL Kindergarten

Tasha Tropp Laman and Lucy Jaimes, with Lisa Jones

Chapter 13 Extension: Food Truck Literacies in a Bilingual Kindergarten Community

Caryl G. Crowell

Maybe Henry Did It! Maybe Chester Did It!: Young Children (Re)Authoring Through Postmodern Picturebooks

Lenny Sanchez and Angie Zapata, with Josh Hill

Chapter 14 Extension: Young Bilingual Children Engaging in Book Discussion

Jeanne Fain


Pillar Introduction: Holy Squirrel: A Sociocultural Contexts Language Story

Jerome C. Harste and Carolyn L. Burke

Rhizomatic Possibilities for Writing Processes: Fluid Structures and Components

Candace R. Kuby

Chapter 15 Extension: Noah the Nomadic Diplomat and the Making of a School Sack Lunch

Jennifer Buntjer Merryman and Richard J. Meyer

Writer's Workshop Within the Context of an Islamic School

Amy Barnhill

Chapter 16 Extension: Photos as Bridges into Hidden Literacy Lives

Charlene Klassen Endrizzi

Revaluing Novice Readers: Revaluing Families

Bobbie Kabuto

Chapter 17 Extension: Photographs that Cracked Open Narrow Kindergarten Writing Practices for Children and their Teacher

Kathryn F. Whitmore and Carla Wilson

A Cello, A Plane, and a Garden: Reclaiming the Context of Play with Young Children to Promote Literacy

Sarah Vander Zanden, Sohyun Meacham, Jane Frost, and Jennifer Strange

Chapter 18 Extension: Children Speak for Themselves

Lorraine Wilson


Second School as a Space for Hope, Power, Vision, and the Literacy Lives of Young Children

Richard J. Meyer and Kathryn F. Whitmore
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About Richard J. Meyer

Richard J. Meyer is a Regents' Professor and Chair of Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Studies at the University of New Mexico, USA.

Kathryn F. Whitmore holds the Ashland/Nystrand Chair of Early Childhood Research and is Director of the Early Childhood Research Center at the University of Louisville, USA.
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