This book introduces a variety of inclusive strategies for teaching language and literacy in kindergarten through 2nd grade. Readers are invited into classrooms where racially, culturally, and linguistically diverse children’s experiences, unique strengths, and expertise are supported and valued. Chapters focus on oral language, reading, and writing development and include diverse possibilities for culturally relevant and inclusive teaching. Featured teaching strategies foster academic success, cultural competence, and critical consciousness―leading students to read their worlds and question educational and societal inequities.

Early childhood teachers will find this book invaluable as they consider effective ways to teach diverse children. The hands-on examples and strategies portrayed will help educators expand their thinking and repertoires regarding what is possible―and needed―in the language and literacy education curriculum. Unique in its focus on equitable, fully inclusive, and culturally relevant language and literacy teaching, this important book will help K–2 teachers (re)think and (re)conceptualize their own practices.

Book Features:

  • Showcases culturally relevant and inclusive ways of teaching reading and writing in the early childhood classroom.
  • Uses vivid classroom examples to show how teachers and students build on diversities as strengths, fostering educational success.
  • Includes the voices of teachers who employ theoretically informed and equitable language and literacy teaching practices in their own K–2 classrooms.

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  1. Anonymous

    As a future Early Childhood Educator, this book has … As a future Early Childhood Educator, this book has truly helped me develop my identity as a literacy teacher! When I hopefully have my very own Kindergarten classroom in New York City, I will feel confident teaching my diverse learners about literacy by implementing the various literacy structures and ideas from this book. I will continue to use this book as a tool to make sure that each and every one of my students is feeling valued and respected by reflecting their home cultures into my…

  2. Anonymous

    This book describes what it means to be genuinely inclusive in a classroom. Although it is focused on K-2, the experiences and the discussions are so important and up-to-date that they can be expanded throughout all educational levels. Being aware of culturally relevant teaching may be one of the most important things for today’s educators. The world is diverse, and the authors beautifully show us how diversities offer us teachers precious learning opportunities, not only for young children,…

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