- Paperback / softback, 290 pages, 234 mm x 156 mm
- 21 Jan 2021
- UCL IOE Press
Using examples from real-life settings, and from the writing of children’s authors and children themselves, Language Play and Children's Literacy explores the nature of language and what it does. The authors explore language play from the past and from overseas, and look at the changes in language play brought about by digital and multi-modal environments. They show how language play may be used for different purposes, in early childhood, in children’s literature and poetry, in children's narrative and non-narrative writing, and in the use of grammar and punctuation. The book ends with an invaluable A to Z resource bank of readily usable activities that may quickly be adapted for use in schools and homes.
Language Play and Children's Literacy celebrates the contribution of language play to children's understanding and enjoyment of how language can be used playfully, and sometimes provocatively, throughout their lives.
Roger Beard is Emeritus Professor of Primary Education at the University College London Institute of Education.
Andrew Burrell is an experienced early years and primary school teacher, and is co-editor of 'Promoting Children's Wellbeing'.
CONTENTS: Foreword, by David Crystal; Preface; 1. Language play and its features; 2. Language play in early childhood; 3. Language play and children’s literature; 4. Language play and children’s narrative writing; 5. Language play in poetry for and by children; 6. Language play and children’s non-narrative writing; 7. Language play in the use of grammar; 8. Language play in the use of punctuation; 9. Language play A to Z; List of children’s literature referred to in the text; List of poetry anthologies referred to in the text; References; Index