Book - Literacy and the Youngest Learner, Best Practices for Educators of Children from Birth to 5 by V. Susan Bennett-Armistead, Nell K. Duke, and Annie M. Moses.
Literacy - the ability to listen, speak, read, and write - begins developing long before children enter elementary school. This book helps early childhood educators nurture that development. It begins with an argument for offering children print-rich activities and environments, based on goals put forth by the International Reading Association, the National Association for the Education of Young Children, and the National Research Council.
From there, the book focuses on enjoyable and effective ways to build essential skills such as oral language and phonological awareness and to create dramatic play areas, book nooks, writing centers, and other spaces. Loaded with photographs, student work, and straight talk about kids and learning, Literacy and the Youngest Learner is an indispensable resource for anyone working with infants, toddlers, and preschoolers.