Parents Make the Difference
Nourishing Literacy Development through Shared Book Reading
By (author) Susan Voorhees
Publication date:14 May 2014
Length of book:130 pages
PublisherRowman & Littlefield Publishers
Reading to your children has been recommended to parents of young children for decades by literacy experts. The act of shared book reading can promote academic, language, and literacy development; this is grounded in research. Not all shared book reading, however, is equally effective. In Parents Make the Difference: Nourishing Literacy Development through Shared book Reading, Susan Voorhees guides parents to conduct enjoyable and productive book reading interactions with their young children. Parents will be informed about language and literacy learning in the early years and how to best engage in before, during, and after shared book reading activities. While this book was written as an invitation to parents, teachers will also find it to be informative in guiding them to establish a supportive climate for sound, developmentally appropriate literacy teaching practices. It is the responsibility of all shareholders to nourish the literacy development of young children as they naturally move toward learning to read and become lovers of reading.
Dr. Voorhees’ book, Parents make the difference, shared book reading, gives credence to parents as prime teachers. Parents will welcome her gentle yet professional approach to the process of language and reading as one of the greatest gifts they can give to their children — a lifelong love of language and reading. As an early childhood specialist (and grandmother) I delight in sharing this book with educators in the field not only as teachers but as collaborative partners with the parents of their students.