Janice J. Beaty, Professor Emerita, Elmira College, Elmira, New York, is a full-time writer of early childhood college textbooks and a consultant and trainer in early childhood education from her home in Cape Coral, Florida. Some of her textbooks include Skills for Preschool Teachers, Eighth Edition; Observing Development of the Young Child, Seventh Edition; 50 Early Childhood Literacy Strategies; and 50 Early Childhood Guidance Strategies. At present Dr. Beaty is involved in an early literacy mentoring program with Foster Grandparents in schools and Head Start programs in Central Missouri.
Linda Pratt is the Executive Director of Teacher Education and a Professor of Education at Elmira College. For more than 20 years she has taught both graduate and undergraduate courses in literacy education and has directed the graduate program in teaching literacy. Her primary scholarly interests are literacy acquisition and international education. Dr. Pratt has given presentations on literacy in the United States as well as in Asia, the Bahamas and Caribbean, Canada, Europe, and South America. She and Dr. Beaty have also given presentations together, as well as coauthored the textbook Transcultural Children’s Literature, published by Merrill/Prentice Hall.
Chapter 1 Foundations of Early Literacy
Chapter 2 A Multicultural Perspective
Chapter 3 Language Development in Young Children
Chapter 4 Sounds of the Language: Rhyme, Rhythm, and Song
Chapter 5 Sounds of the Language: Speaking and Listening
Chapter 6 Developing Eye—Hand Coordination
Chapter 7 Art as a Natural Language
Chapter 8 Becoming a Writer
Chapter 9 How Reading Emerges
Chapter 10 Home Book Experience
Chapter 11 Becoming a Reader
Index of Children’s Books