Rethinking Early Literacies: Reading and Rewriting Worlds

1st Edition

Mariana Souto-Manning, Haeny S. Yoon

Routledge
Published January 25, 2018
Reference - 244 Pages - 32 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138121416 - CAT# Y214328
Series: Changing Images of Early Childhood

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Summary

Rethinking Early Literacies honors the identities of young children as they read, write, speak, and play across various spaces, in and out of pre/school. Despite narrow curricular mandates and policies, the book highlights the language resources and tools that children cultivate from families, communities, and peers. The chapters feature children’s linguistic flexibility with multiple languages, creative appropriation of popular culture, participation in community literacy practices, and social negotiation in the context of play. Throughout the book, the authors critically reframe what it means to be literate in contemporary society, specifically discussing the role of educators in theorizing and rethinking language ideologies for practice. Issues influencing early childhood education in trans/national contexts are forefronted (e.g. racism, immigration rights, readiness) throughout the book, with a call to support and sustain communities of color.

 

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