Developing Early Literacy 0-8

From Theory to Practice

by Virginia Bower

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  • 9781446255322
  • 9781446297612
  • 9781446297629

'Developing Early Literacy presents an interesting range of literacy-related topics which address issues of current importance to early years practice and, in places, question current thinking. There is an excellent balance of theoretical background and case study examples which would make this a relevant and practical text for both students and early years professionals.'
- Mary-Louise Maynes, Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies, Bishop Grosseteste University

Providing clear guidance on how to develop early literacy, this book offers support with the planning and teaching of this vital aspect of the curriculum using innovative and exciting methods.

Linking theory with practice, topics covered include:

  • babies and very early communication
  • the importance of role play corners
  • outdoor learning and literacy
  • how rhyme and repetition help to develop literacy
  • teaching literacy to children who have English as an Additional Language (EAL)
  • literacy and diversity
  • using picture books to develop literacy
  • supporting transitions
  • different approaches to the teaching of phonics and early reading.

Each chapter has learning objectives, case studies featuring younger and older children from the Birth to 8 age range, a summary and suggested Further Reading. This text is essential reading for those on Early Childhood Studies, Early Years, Primary PGCE and Early Years teacher education courses.

Virginia Bower is Senior Lecturer at Canterbury Christ Church University.


  • SAGE Publications; February 2014
  • ISBN: 9781446297612
  • Edition: 1
  • Read online, or download in secure ePub format
  • Title: Developing Early Literacy 0-8
  • Author: Virginia Bower (ed.)
  • Imprint: SAGE Publications Ltd
Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 9781446255322
  • 9781446297612
  • 9781446297629

In The Press

The chapters in this book present a combination of evidence-based discussions which are then illuminated by practice-based case studies and research. This carefully balanced approach allows for some of the current issues which surround literacy to be explored from diverse perspectives. The chapters are organised within four main themes: ‘Environment’, ‘Provision for all’, Promoting language’ and ‘Inspiring readers and writers’. This thoughtfully considered construction allows for the chapters to be read in any order, depending on the reader’s needs, or interests... Opportunities to reflect on the case studies are encouraged throughout the book, thus inviting constructive dialogues which would not only support students’ development and understanding, but could also be of interest to all primary teaching professionals.