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Early Literacy in Preschool and Kindergarten: A Multicultural Perspectiveis an applied book focusing on how literacy develops in young children and the ways in which teachers can encourage the natural emergence of early reading and writing. It has a special emphasis on multicultural children's literature, including detailed descriptions of over 200 multicultural children's books. Packed with practical supports and strategies for teachers, such as how to set up a literacy-friendly environment; using music and art as natural languages; strengthening finger muscles for writing through 3-D art; developing visual representational skills in drawing, leading to writing; and using early literacy checklists to help understand children's capabilities, it provides many suggestions for using classroom materials and centers to support literacy. #xA0; While most early literacy texts treat preschool learning in a chapter or two, this entire text focuses on early literacy in the preschool, leading up to children#x19;s accomplishments in kindergarten. Early Literacy in Preschool and Kindergarten: A Multicultural Perspective, Third Edition, presents an updated approach to exploring literacy with preschool and kindergarten children. The current recognition that learning to read and write can emerge naturally in young children has led the authors to develop a fresh approach by using classroom learning centers and multicultural children#x19;s literature to involve children in their own learning.

Author Biography

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.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Foundations of Early Literacy    

Chapter 2 A Multicultural Perspective    


Emergent Speaking    

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


Emergent Writing    

Chapter 6 Developing Eye—Hand Coordination    

Chapter 7 Art as a Natural Language    

Chapter 8 Becoming a Writer   


Emergent Reading

Chapter 9 How Reading Emerges 

Chapter 10 Home Book Experience    

Chapter 11 Becoming a Reader  



Appendix A

Appendix B

Appendix C

Web Sites

Index of Children’s Books



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