Handbook on the Science of Early Literacy

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By Sonia Q. Cabell, Susan B. Neuman, Nicole Patton Terry

Synthesizing the best current knowledge about early literacy, this comprehensive handbook brings together leading researchers from multiple disciplines. The volume identifies the instructional methods and areas of focus shown to be most effective for promoting young children's (PreK–2) growth in reading, writing, oral language, and the connections among them. In 33 chapters, the Handbook covers conceptual foundations; development and instruction of both code- and meaning-related literacy skills; professional development and family engagement; supporting equity across populations; and learning beyond traditional boundaries, including digital and out-of-school contexts. Highlighted throughout are issues around access to high-quality instruction, working with multilingual populations, and data-based decision making and interventions.

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Published date: April 25, 2024

ISBN 9781462555024

Paperback: 436 pages

Editorial Reviews

“This volume should explode, once and for all, the unhelpful myth that the large body of research known as the science of reading is a narrow, one-size-fits-all enterprise. The editors have wisely updated 'science of reading' to 'science of literacy,' a very welcome course correction. All literacy educators should spend some quality time with this handbook. Their efforts will be repaid, and their students—from preschool to graduate school—will benefit. I expect this handbook to become a standard reference in the field.”

—Claude Goldenberg, PhD, Nomellini and Olivier Professor of Education, Emeritus, Stanford University

“With contributions from leading scholars, this handbook provides a comprehensive review of the research base on early literacy development and instruction. The volume captures the breadth and depth of knowledge about how early literacy emerges in children from diverse backgrounds, and how educators can promote it at home or in school. I recommend this handbook as a resource for preservice and inservice teacher preparation, as well as for ongoing professional learning and doctoral-level coursework. Researchers and practitioners will reference this work for years to come as they endeavor to give children the support they need to develop reading and writing proficiency.”

—Rebecca D. Silverman, EdD, Stanford Graduate School of Education