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Beyond “Preparing for Kindergarten”: Recommended Reading Suggestions from Susi Long (The Council Chronicle, March 05)

The following lists were compiled by Susi Long, associate professor of early childhood education at the University of South Carolina, Columbia.

Texts that provide specific ideas for valuing students’ out-of-school literacy lives:

  • Delpit, L. (2002). No kinda sense (31-48). In Delpit, L. & Dowdy, J.K. (Eds.). The skin that we speak: Thoughts on language and culture in the classroom. New York, NY: The New Press.
  • Gilbert, D., Barnes, J., Pender, S., & Mills, H. (2001). Inquiry into family partnerships, pp. 134-154. In H. Mills & A. Donnelly (Eds.), From the ground up: Creating a culture of inquiry. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.
  • McIntyre, E., Rosebery, A. & Gonzalez, N. (2001). Classroom diversity: Connecting curriculum to students’ lives. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.
  • Taylor, D., Altiere, M., Sultana, S., & St Jean, P. (2000). Making literacy webs in schools, families, and communities. In School Talk, 6 (1), 1-4.
  • Wilson, C. (2000). Telling a different story: Teaching and literacy in an urban preschool. New York, NY: Teachers College Press.

Texts that invite us into literate home and community worlds beyond the bedtime story:

  • Compton-Lilly, C. (2003). Reading families: The literate lives of urban children. New York, NY: Teachers College Press.
  • Dyson, A. H. (2003). The brothers and sisters learn to read and write: Popular literacies in childhood and classroom cultures. New York, NY: Teachers College Press.
  • Gregory, E., Long, S., & Volk, D. (2004). Many pathways to literacy: Young children learning with siblings, grandparents, peers and communities. London, UK: Routledge Falmer.
  • Guerra, J. C. (1998). Close to home: Oral and literate practices in a transnational Mexicano community. New York, NY: Teachers College Press.
  • Haight, W. L. (2002). African-American children at church: A sociocultural perspective. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
  • Nieto, S. (1999) The light in their eyes: Creating multicultural learning communities. New York: Teachers College Press.
  • Taylor, D. and Dorsey-Gaines, C. (1988) Growing up literate: Learning from inner city families. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.

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