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Reclaiming Early Childhood Literacies
Narratives of Hope, Power, and Vision

ISBN 9781138944381
Published September 19, 2016 by Routledge
310 Pages

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Book Description

At a time when literacy has become more of a political issue than a research or pedagogical one, this volume refocuses attention on work with young children that places them at the center of their literacy worlds. Drawing on robust and growing knowledge which is often marginalized because of political and legislative forces, it explores young children’s literacies as inclusive, redefined, and broadened—encompassing technologies, the arts, multiple modalities, and teaching and learning for democracy, cultural sustainability and social justice. Highlighted themes include children’s rights to grow through playful engagements with multiple literacies to interrogate their worlds; adults who expand and inspire children’s consciousness and awareness of others and the world around them; the centrality of meaning making in all aspects of language and literacy development; a deep respect for diversities, including languages, cultures, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status and more; and an expansive understanding of the nature of texts.

Table of Contents


  1. Reclaiming Early Childhood Literacies
  2. Richard J. Meyer and Kathryn F. Whitmore

    Pillar I: LEARNING

    Pillar Introduction: We Use a Lot More "Dots" in Arabic than You Do in English: A Learning Language Story

    Jerome C. Harste and Carolyn L. Burke

  3. Reclaiming or Reframing? Getting the Right Conceptual Metaphor for Thinking About Early Literacy Learning
  4. Brian Cambourne

    Chapter 2 Extension: Moving Toward the Discourse of Meaning-Making

    Brian Cambourne and Richard J. Meyer

  5. What Complex Miscues Tell Us About Kindergarteners’ Making Sense of Print
  6. Alan D. Flurkey and David P. Schultz

    Chapter 3 Extension: Text Matters: Predictable and Decodable Texts

    Prisca Martens

  7. Take That Ronald! Disrupting Gender Role Binaries with Powerful Picturebooks
  8. Kathryn F. Whitmore and Christie Angleton

    Chapter 4 Extension: Innocence, Intersectionality, and Normativity: Choosing Powerful Picturebooks About Gender Diversity

    Scott Ritchie

  9. Toddlers, Touchscreens, and Tablet Technologies: Learning "Concepts Beyond Print"
  10. Karen E. Wohlwend

    Chapter 5 Extension: Digital Observers, Explorers, and Teachers in Preschool

    Kathryn F. Whitmore and Emily L. Zuccaro

    Pillar II: TEACHING

    Pillar Introduction: Noisy ‘E’s’: A Language Story about Teaching

    Jerome C. Harste and Carolyn L. Burke

  11. "Doin’ School in the Orchard": Reclaiming and Nurturing Kids’ Connection to Nature Through Ecological Literacy
  12. M. Ruth Davenport

    Chapter 6 Extension: A Year of Rich Learning for a Young Child

    Christine Sims and Richard J. Meyer

  13. The Search for Joy and the Realities of Wounds in Early Literacy
  14. Krystal Wood-Kofonow and Richard J. Meyer

    Chapter 7 Extension: Amy and George: Wounds and Joy in Literacy Lives

    Renita R. Schmidt and Meg M. Jacobs

  15. Infusing Meaning and Joy back into Books: Reclaiming Literacy in Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
  16. Holly L. Damico, Jack S. Damico, Ryan L. Nelson, Christine Weill, and Jamie Maxwell

    Chapter 8 Extension: Beginning the Lifelong Journey of Language and Literacy in Very Young Children

    Michael L. Shaw


    Pillar Introduction: Close Reading: A Curriculum Language Story

    Jerome C. Harste and Carolyn L. Burke

  17. Designing Literacy Curriculum: Teaching Literacy as Response to Learning
  18. Kenneth S. Goodman and Yetta M. Goodman

    Chapter 9 Extension: Designing Curriculum in Response to Max’s and Zachary’s Learning

    Alan D. Flurkey and Kathryn F. Whitmore

  19. First Grade Children Discover the Power of Expression by Creating Descriptive Drawings
  20. S. Rebecca Leigh

    Chapter 10 Extension: Art and Writing in Kindergarten Inquiry

    Allen Koshewa

  21. Reclaiming Early Literacies by Learning about Self and Others through Global Literature and Art
  22. Prisca Martens, Ray Martens, Jenna Loomis, Michelle Hassay Doyle, Laura Fuhrman, Christie Furnari, Elizabeth Soper, and Robbie Stout

    Chapter 11 Extension: Creating Global Understandings Through Play

    Kathy G. Short and María V. Acevedo

  23. Two Curricular Worlds: Home and School
  24. Koomi Kim and Richard J. Meyer

    Chapter 12 Extension: Merging Home and School Curriculum with Home-Based Literacy Portfolios

    Jane Baskwill

    Pillar IV: LANGUAGE

    Pillar Introduction: The ABC Snake: A Language Story

    Jerome C. Harste and Carolyn L. Burke

  25. "I got Angry Birds in my Story": Reclaiming Language in an ESL Kindergarten
  26. Tasha Tropp Laman and Lucy Jaimes, with Lisa Jones

    Chapter 13 Extension: Food Truck Literacies in a Bilingual Kindergarten Community

    Caryl G. Crowell

  27. Maybe Henry Did It! Maybe Chester Did It!: Young Children (Re)Authoring Through Postmodern Picturebooks
  28. Lenny Sánchez and Angie Zapata, with Josh Hill

    Chapter 14 Extension: Young Bilingual Children Engaging in Book Discussion

    Jeanne Fain


    Pillar Introduction: Holy Squirrel: A Sociocultural Contexts Language Story

    Jerome C. Harste and Carolyn L. Burke

  29. Rhizomatic Possibilities for Writing Processes: Fluid Structures and Components
  30. Candace R. Kuby

    Chapter 15 Extension: Noah the Nomadic Diplomat and the Making of a School Sack Lunch

    Jennifer Buntjer Merryman and Richard J. Meyer

  31. Writer’s Workshop Within the Context of an Islamic School
  32. Amy Barnhill

    Chapter 16 Extension: Photos as Bridges into Hidden Literacy Lives

    Charlene Klassen Endrizzi

  33. Revaluing Novice Readers: Revaluing Families
  34. Bobbie Kabuto

    Chapter 17 Extension: Photographs that Cracked Open Narrow Kindergarten Writing Practices for Children and their Teacher

    Kathryn F. Whitmore and Carla Wilson

  35. A Cello, A Plane, and a Garden: Reclaiming the Context of Play with Young Children to Promote Literacy
  36. Sarah Vander Zanden, Sohyun Meacham, Jane Frost, and Jennifer Strange

    Chapter 18 Extension: Children Speak for Themselves

    Lorraine Wilson


  37. Second School as a Space for Hope, Power, Vision, and the Literacy Lives of Young Children

Richard J. Meyer and Kathryn F. Whitmore

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Richard J. Meyer is a Regents’ Professor and Chair of Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Studies at the University of New Mexico, USA.

Kathryn F. Whitmore holds the Ashland/Nystrand Chair of Early Childhood Research and is Director of the Early Childhood Research Center at the University of Louisville, USA.