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Chapter 8: Emergent Literacy: What Young Children can Learn about Reading and Writing Before they go to School

Patsy Pierce discusses the benefits of introducing early literacy-related activites to all children, including children with disabilities

Children's Literature - Selected References

The following is a list of references for books or periodicals that have excellent listings of children's literature categorized according to various parameters. Includes comments about each book or periodical.

Creating Your Own Storybooks

Helpful suggestions for conceptualizing and developing content, and physically creating a storybook with students.

Literacy Reading List

An unannotated list of selected articles, books, reports, and other resources on the subject of literacy.

Storybooks on Computers: An Overview

An overview of story books on computer, with a focus on the features to consider when selecting computerized story books for students with disabilities. Highlights features such as speech and audio feedback, graphics, interactivity, and accessibility.

Storybook Software: Product List

An extensive list of electronic story books. Includes a brief description of the software or CD, a list of titles in a series when appropriate, and a description of special access features when available.

Tips For Adapting Books for Physcial Access

Tips for making conventional books accessible to children who have difficulty physically manipulating books.

Tips For Making Computer Storybooks

Overview of several easy-to-use authoring programs and off-the-shelf products to create computerized storybooks, in order to increase opportunities for children to read books independently.


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This material was developed by the National Center to Improve Practice (NCIP)  in collaboration with the Center for Literacy and Disabilities (CLD)  at Duke University.   NCIP was funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs from October 1, 1992 - September 30, 1998, Grant #H180N20013.  Permission is granted to copy and disseminate this information.  If you do so, please cite NCIP.   Contents do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Department of Education, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by CLD, NCIP, EDC, or the U.S. Government.  This site was last updated in September 1998. 

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