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So Much More Than the ABCs: The Early Phases of Reading and Writing

Judith A. Schickedanz & Molly F. Collins
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Bestseller! By engaging infants, toddlers, and preschoolers in experiences that foster oral language and content knowledge, literacy skills, and cognitive ability, early childhood professionals help build a foundation for children’s later academic success. This book addresses what children need to learn in the early years, the strategies that teachers can use to help children acquire these foundations, the features of emergent literacy and language understandings and skills, and how to design the physical environment to support language and literacy learning. 

Are you participating in a study group using this book? Author Judith Schickedanz will respond to selected questions emailed to her from designated study group leaders/members.

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So Much More Than the ABCs is a must-read for parents and teachers of preschoolers. This outstanding book is based on research and the authors’ lifetime experiences devoted to the study of early literacy.”

— Lesley Mandel Morrow, Professor of Literacy, Rutgers University 


"So Much More than the ABCs: The Early Phases of Reading and Writing is a bedrock foundational guide for anyone involved in the literacy development of young children . . . . Chapters focus on what children need to learn in the early stages of life. . ., strategies that teachers can use to communicate basic literacy, the aspects and features of understanding language, and how to design a classroom environment to promote language development and literacy. Color photographs enhance this sensible and accessible guide."

— The Education Shelf, The Midwest Book Review