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References: Children’s Books

Carrick, Carol. 1999 Patrick’s Dinosaurs on the Internet. New York: Clarion Books.
An illustrated storybook. It’s the story of a boy who, after researching dinosaurs on the Internet, is taken via spaceship to a planet of dinosaurs. After a few adventures and a close call with a T-Rex, he returns to his own planet. A good story for young children.

Caseley, Judith. 1996 Witch Mama. New York, NY: Greenwillow Books.
An illustrated storybook. It tells the story of two children, brother and sister, on Halloween. It recalls the events of that day, from getting dressed up, to going through a ‘haunted’ house. A more complexly written story, good for expanding on a child’s knowledge of syntax.

Grindley, Sally. 2000 Who Is It?: Lots of Fairytale Fun. Atlanta, GA: Peachtree.
An illustrated storybook. It is a collection of several common, abbreviated, fairytales. By asking the question “Who is it?” repeatedly, it encourages character recognition and practices memory.

Grooms, Molly, and Lucia Guarnotta. ? We Are Bears. Minnetonka, Minnesota: NorthWord Press.
An illustrated storybook about bears. It tells the story of a mother bear and her two cubs and their first day out of the den. It’s a story that teaches children a little about bears and curiosity.

Grossman, Bill. 1996 My Little Sister Ate One Hare. New York: Crown Publishers, Inc.
An illustrated, rhyming storybook. A young girl eats a ridiculous variety of small animals, numbering up from one to nine, finishing by eating ten peas. It’s a book that teaches counting from one to ten in a fun and entertaining way.

Grover, Max. 1993 The Accidental Zucchini: An Unexpected Alphabet. San Diego, New York, London: Browndeer Press Harcourt Brace & Company.
An illustrated book on the alphabet. It teaches the alphabet and expands vocabulary through odd word combinations, such as goldfish grandstand for the letter G. It is an entertaining means of learning the English alphabet.

Guarino, Deborah. 1989 Is Your Mama a Llama? New York: Scholastic Inc.
An illustrated, semi-rhyming storybook. It’s about a young llama that goes around asking a variety of animals “Is your mama a llama?” and getting different, descriptive responses. It teaches children the names and general behaviors of a variety of animals, inspiring curiosity.

Lithgow, John. 2000 The Remarkable Farkle McBride. New York, London, Toronto, Sydney, Singapore: Simon and Schustler Books for Young Readers.
An illustrated, rhyming storybook. It tells the story of the young Farkle McBride, a boy with an incredible talent for playing musical instruments. After years of playing different instruments and never being satisfied, Farkle finally finds contentment when he becomes an orchestra conductor. The story teaches persistence while entertaining.

Litowinsky, Olga. 1999 Boats for Bedtime. New York: Clarion Books.
An illustrated book about boats. The book displays boats in a variety of shapes, sizes, types, and places. It is a suitable bedtime story, and it reveals how much variety can be associated with one word.

Little Robin Redbreast: A Mother Goose Nursery Rhyme. New York: North-South Books.
An illustrated bedtime storybook. It is a simple story about a robin’s encounter with a cat. It’s suitable for a quick bedtime story and for very young readers.

References: Websites, Child Literacy

NCLB. 2002 No Child Left Behind. Electronic Document. Accessed August 10, 2002.
A US government program designed to improve education for the youth of America. The website provides information on the No Child Left Behind legislation, stating the goals and reforms of the program, including the Reading First programs. It also provides some advice and options to parents who wish to improve their child’s education.

Morgan, Nicola. 2000 The Child Literacy Centre. Electronic Document. Accessed August 10, 2002.
A website designed to provide parents with advice on educating their children in literacy. It tells parents what skills are needed before literacy can be learned, as well as advising parents to read to their children in ways that encourage the child to participate. It also explains basic-teaching methods used in schools to teach literacy, problems associated with learning literacy, and lists book series that may help.

Better Kid Care Learn-at-Home Video Project. 1996 Better Kid Care: Reading Aloud. Electronic Document. August 10, 2002.
A website hosted by the NNCC to advise parents on how to read aloud to children. It gives advice on how parents should choose books, how to organize them, locations where more books can be found, and guidelines for reading aloud. It also gives instructions on several educational games that can be played.

Better Kid Care Learn-at-Home Video Project. 1996 Better Kid Care: Storytelling. Electronic Document. Accessed August 10, 2002.
A website hosted by the NNCC to advise parents on how to tell stories to children in engaging ways. It advises parents on how to select books for storytelling, what body language and voice to use, and how to prepare properly in advance. It also describes four ways in which to tell stories, traditional, rhythmic, main character, and felt board, while suggesting reading materials for each style.

Johnson, Patricia A. 1996 Good Times With Stories and Poems. Electronic Document. Accessed August 10, 2002.
A website hosted by the NNCC to advise parents of the importance of stories and poems in a child’s development. The site explains why such materials are important, what they actually are, how to choose such materials, and suggests how/when/where to read them to children. In addition, the site provides advice on how people can help a child’s development up through preschool, giving instruction on the Learn by Doing method of teaching.

Oesterreich, Lesia. Understanding Children: Language Development. Electronic Document. Accessed August 10, 2002.
A website accessible .pdf file that gives information concerning the language development of children from birth to age six. The document describes the general language skills a child will develop at/by certain stages in his/her development. For each age category or ‘stage’ suggestions are given on how to nurture and aid the development of language skills, primarily through games. It also gives references to educational and entertaining books for children.

Lopes, Marilyn. 1995 Promoting Literacy Through Whole Language. Electronic Document. Accessed August 10, 2002.
A website hosted by the NNCC that provide information on a holistic approach to teaching literacy to children. By emphasizing the three core skills in language, reading, writing, and speaking, children can develop the communication skills they will need later in life. Environmental conditions, such as many books, print-labeled objects, and writing materials, all promote literacy. Also on the site are a number of suggested activities that also promote literacy.

References: Websites, Adult Literacy

Literacy Research Centers. 2001 Adult Literacy and Adult Education (AdultEd SIG). Electronic Document. Accessed August 10, 2002.
A website hosted by to announce the mission, officers, and planned events of the Adult Literacy and Adult Education SIG program. The program’s mission is to research and develop policy and practices for adult education and literacy. This includes programs such as ESL, and the site provides link access to related organizations.

Singleton, Kate. 2002 Health Literacy and Adult English Language Learners. Electronic Document. Accessed August 10, 2002.
A website hosted by the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) to promote health literacy in ESL programs. Health literacy is defined as the ability to read and understand health information, making it an important skill to possess. The website provides information on the history of health literacy, what professionals have done in respond to peoples need for it, and problems ESL learners and teachers may face when learning health literacy. It also provides possible activities and references to aid in learning health literacy.

US Department of Education. 2002 Adult Basic Education. Electronic Document. Accessed August 10,2002.
A website hosted by the US Department of Education and designed to provide information on the Adult Basic Education program. The program is designed to educate adults in the areas of reading, writing, speaking, computation, and problem solving. The site provides some general information on the program’s mission and a number of links to related programs.