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‘Very accessible - not too technical or jargon-ridden. The practical suggestions were useful too - if professionals feel inspired to promote change in their practice and policy it is helpful to have suggestions on where to start and what to do’ - Management in Education.

Few primary teachers have a chance to find out in detail what children have already learnt, and continue to learn, about literacy at home with their parents. This book gives a clear demonstration of literacy learning that takes place at home, and how it differs from, as well as relates to, literacy at school. It will help teachers to increase their understanding of this process and to build on their relationship with parents. Such understanding, the book shows, can directly enhance children's literacy performance in school.

Highlighting Favourite Books
Highlighting favourite books

The Elmswood study points to the impact of children having favourite books when they were aged three (see Appendix 3). This chapter is concerned with considering what having favourite books actually means and what implications having favourite books has in practice for those working with young children and their families.

The Role of Favourite Books in Literacy Development

As Nicholas Tucker reminds us, any book or piece of writing that is meaningful for a particular child at a particular time will enrich them and become a part of their journey towards becoming more literate. In his words, we need to

remember that less meritorious forms of writing can always have good effects should they happen to respond to their readers' particular needs at ...

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