On Reading Books to Children: Parents and Teachers brings together in one volume current research on adult book reading to children. The authors, drawn from around the world, are key researchers and eminent scholars from the fields of reading and literacy, child language, speech pathology, and psychology, representing multiple perspectives within these disciplines.
Chapters on the effects and limitations of book sharing are integrated with chapters discussing promising programs on storybook research. The reality of reading to children is more complex than it appears on the surface. The authors discuss some effects of and suggestions for reading to children that have emerged from the research. The ideas set forth in this volume will stimulate new lines of research on the effects of storybook reading, as well as refinements of current methods, yielding findings that enrich our understanding of this important arena of literacy development.
"The researchers in part 1 give a plethora of information on book sharing in families. Part 2 shows the role that storybook reading plays in the classroom; and part 3 traces storybook reading as a cultural practice. Part 4 gives a critical analysis on where the research on book sharing is leading us….This volume provides well-documented references at the end of each chapter as well as resources for practitioners to show that reading books to children should be part of a total instructional program….Recommended."
"The topic is an important one which needs to be revisited….This book will be of value as a resource to professors and to students in graduate programs….It has the potential to make a significant contribution to our knowledge base on reading books to children."
Central Connecticut State University
Contents: A. van Kleeck, S.A. Stahl, Preface. Part I:Book Sharing in Families. A.G. Bus, Social-Emotional Requisites for Learning to Read. J. De Temple, C.E. Snow, Learning Words From Books. E. Reese, A. Cox, D. Harte, H. McAnally, Diversity in Adults' Styles of Reading Books to Children. A. van Kleeck, J. Vander Woude, Book Sharing With Preschoolers With Language Delays. Part II:Storybook Reading in the Classroom. D.K. Dickinson, A. McCabe, L. Anastasopoulos, A Framework for Examining Book Reading in Early Childhood Classrooms. W.H. Teale, Reading Aloud to Young Children as a Classroom Instructional Activity: Insights From Research and Practice. L.M. Morrow, R. Brittain, The Nature of Storybook Reading in the Elementary School: Current Practices. M.G. McKeown, I.L. Beck, Taking Advantage of Read-Alouds to Help Children Make Sense of Decontextualized Language. A.A. Zevenbergen, G.J. Whitehurst, Dialogic Reading: A Shared Picture Book Reading Intervention for Preschoolers. Part III:Storybook Sharing as Cultural Practice. J. Anderson, A. Anderson, J. Lynch, J. Shapiro, Storybook Reading in a Multicultural Society: Critical Perspectives. V. Carrington, A. Luke, Reading, Homes, and Families: From Postmodern to Modern? R.B. Barrera, E.B. Bauer, Storybook Reading and Young Bilingual Children: A Review of the Literature. Part IV:Where Do We Go From Here? A. van Kleeck, Research on Book Sharing: Another Critical Look. A.D. Pellegrini, L. Galda, Joint Reading as a Context: Explicating the Ways Context Is Created by Participants. D.B. Yaden, Jr., Parent-Child Storybook Reading as a Complex Adaptive System: Or "An Igloo Is a House for Bears." S.A. Stahl, What Do We Expect Storybook Reading to Do? How Storybook Reading Impacts Word Recognition.