Reading the World

What young children learn from literature

  • Sandra Smidt
By making and sharing stories, we come to understand our world and everything in it. Our lives are enhanced by the narratives we encounter, make and share – yet the time schools and preschools devote to reading and telling stories ever diminishes and now focuses primarily on literacy, not literature. This book is about stories and young children. The first part sets the theoretical framework: semiotics, narrative, culture, cultural tools. The second section looks at the oral tradition, wordless picture books, picture books with words, chapter books, popular culture and translation. The final section considers issues around controversy in literature, children as narrators, and what children do to adopt and subvert the world through their role play – their own acted out narratives. Reading the World is invaluable for early years teachers, nursery nurses, teaching assistants and other practitioners, but will appeal also to parents and carers, those who teach children at Key stages 1 and 2 and to students on initial teacher training courses. It will be of interest to the growing body of students following programmes on children’s literature and book making.
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What young children learn from literature

  • Sandra Smidt
By making and sharing stories, we come to understand our world and everything in it. Our lives are enhanced by the narratives we encounter, make and share – yet the time schools and preschools devote to reading and telling stories ever diminishes and now focuses primarily on literacy, not literature. This book is about stories and young children. The first part sets the theoretical framework: semiotics, narrative, culture, cultural tools. The second section looks at the oral tradition, wordless picture books, picture books with words, chapter books, popular culture and translation. The final section considers issues around controversy in literature, children as narrators, and what children do to adopt and subvert the world through their role play – their own acted out narratives. Reading the World is invaluable for early years teachers, nursery nurses, teaching assistants and other practitioners, but will appeal also to parents and carers, those who teach children at Key stages 1 and 2 and to students on initial teacher training courses. It will be of interest to the growing body of students following programmes on children’s literature and book making.

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Poetry and Childhood

  • Morag Styles
  • Louise Joy
  • David Whitley
An academic book aimed to give serious critical attention to the poetry of childhood. It is based on a conference organised by Morag Styles for the British Library and the University of Cambridge. It looks at key poets of childhood from the past and at the poetry for children by present English Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy.
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  • Morag Styles
  • Louise Joy
  • David Whitley
An academic book aimed to give serious critical attention to the poetry of childhood. It is based on a conference organised by Morag Styles for the British Library and the University of Cambridge. It looks at key poets of childhood from the past and at the poetry for children by present English Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy.

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Hidden Worlds

Young Children Learning Literacy in Multicultural Contexts

  • Clare Kelly
Taking a new way of thinking about literacy, the book argues that it is not so much the children’s experiences that count, but rather what they make of them – with support from adults and peers. It penetrates the private worlds of literacy learning in the families of six young children from different cultural and linguistic backgrounds.
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Young Children Learning Literacy in Multicultural Contexts

  • Clare Kelly
Taking a new way of thinking about literacy, the book argues that it is not so much the children’s experiences that count, but rather what they make of them – with support from adults and peers. It penetrates the private worlds of literacy learning in the families of six young children from different cultural and linguistic backgrounds.

Price: £18.99

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Acts of Reading

Teachers, Text and Childhood

  • Morag Styles
  • Evelyn Arizpe
Looks at the history of reading and texts for children from an educational perspective. This book explores the act of reading itself, whether oral, silent or performative, whether for pleasure or instruction. It also considers the changing representations of childhood over three centuries and the influence of the visual on the acts of reading.
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Teachers, Text and Childhood

  • Morag Styles
  • Evelyn Arizpe
Looks at the history of reading and texts for children from an educational perspective. This book explores the act of reading itself, whether oral, silent or performative, whether for pleasure or instruction. It also considers the changing representations of childhood over three centuries and the influence of the visual on the acts of reading.

Price: £20.99

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The importance of argument in education

  • Richard Andrews
Examines argument, and the process of argumentation, in relation to primary, secondary and tertiary education. Considers the importance of argument in research and research training.
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  • Richard Andrews
Examines argument, and the process of argumentation, in relation to primary, secondary and tertiary education. Considers the importance of argument in research and research training.

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A Story to Tell

  • George Murphy
  • Maggie Power
Shows how narrative and particularly oral storytelling can be used to bring literacy to life for primary school children. This title relates how teachers develop their own storytelling skills and the abilities of children to share and retell personal and traditional tales.
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  • George Murphy
  • Maggie Power
Shows how narrative and particularly oral storytelling can be used to bring literacy to life for primary school children. This title relates how teachers develop their own storytelling skills and the abilities of children to share and retell personal and traditional tales.

Price: £16.99

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Reading Stories with Young Children

  • Robin Campbell
It should be obvious that reading stories with young children greatly assists their literacy development, yet this often appears to be forgotten in the rush to add still more new activities to the curriculum. This book explores the ways in which reading stories with young children can best enhance their literacy skills.
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  • Robin Campbell
It should be obvious that reading stories with young children greatly assists their literacy development, yet this often appears to be forgotten in the rush to add still more new activities to the curriculum. This book explores the ways in which reading stories with young children can best enhance their literacy skills.

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Learning to read

  • Morag Stuart
Morag Stuart, whose work in psychology of reading spans over 20 years, examines the way in which children come to read and understand words, ultimately refining the question: ‘What are the processes that children have to develop in order to become skilled readers, and what do we know about their development?’
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  • Morag Stuart
Morag Stuart, whose work in psychology of reading spans over 20 years, examines the way in which children come to read and understand words, ultimately refining the question: ‘What are the processes that children have to develop in order to become skilled readers, and what do we know about their development?’

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Handwriting Policy and Practice in English Primary Schools

An exploratory study

  • Anna Barnett
  • Rhona Stainthorp
  • Sheila Henderson
  • Beverly Scheib
Based on a survey of primary schools in the UK, this book provides detailed information about how schools are making provision for handwriting teaching within the National Literacy Strategy. The recommendations for good practice will be helpful for literacy advisers, literacy co-ordinators, SENCOs and primary school teachers.
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An exploratory study

  • Anna Barnett
  • Rhona Stainthorp
  • Sheila Henderson
  • Beverly Scheib
Based on a survey of primary schools in the UK, this book provides detailed information about how schools are making provision for handwriting teaching within the National Literacy Strategy. The recommendations for good practice will be helpful for literacy advisers, literacy co-ordinators, SENCOs and primary school teachers.

Price: £8.99

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Art, Narrative and Childhood

  • Morag Styles
  • Eve Bearne
Reviews contemporary conceptions of visual texts for children and explores what will be understood as visual literacy in the future. Drawn from an international conference in Cambridge in 2000, the contributions range from Aboriginal visual narratives to European artists’ sketchbooks.
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  • Morag Styles
  • Eve Bearne
Reviews contemporary conceptions of visual texts for children and explores what will be understood as visual literacy in the future. Drawn from an international conference in Cambridge in 2000, the contributions range from Aboriginal visual narratives to European artists’ sketchbooks.

Price: £19.99

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