ABSTRACT

Rethinking Early Literacies honors the identities of young children as they read, write, speak, and play across various spaces, in and out of pre/school. Despite narrow curricular mandates and policies, the book highlights the language resources and tools that children cultivate from families, communities, and peers. The chapters feature children’s linguistic flexibility with multiple languages, creative appropriation of popular culture, participation in community literacy practices, and social negotiation in the context of play. Throughout the book, the authors critically reframe what it means to be literate in contemporary society, specifically discussing the role of educators in theorizing and rethinking language ideologies for practice. Issues influencing early childhood education in trans/national contexts are forefronted (e.g. racism, immigration rights, readiness) throughout the book, with a call to support and sustain communities of color.

 

part I|82 pages

Young Children as Literate Beings

chapter 1|25 pages

Identity, culture, and agency

ByMariana Souto-Manning, Haeny S. Yoon

chapter 2|29 pages

Reading and rewriting worlds and words

ByMariana Souto-Manning, Haeny S. Yoon

chapter 3|26 pages

Multiple literacies and language competencies across young children's social contexts

ByMariana Souto-Manning, Haeny S. Yoon

part II|77 pages

Spaces of Belonging: Relational Literacies

chapter 4|35 pages

Languages and literacies in families and homes

ByMariana Souto-Manning, Haeny S. Yoon

chapter 5|22 pages

Languages and literacies in neighborhoods and communities

ByMariana Souto-Manning, Haeny S. Yoon

chapter 6|18 pages

Languages and literacies in peer culture

ByMariana Souto-Manning, Haeny S. Yoon

part III|53 pages

Rethinking Early Literacies: Children's Literate Identities in Contemporary Times

chapter 7|20 pages

Rethinking (pre)school literacies

ByMariana Souto-Manning, Haeny S. Yoon

chapter 8|16 pages

Reproducing and challenging societal literacies

ByMariana Souto-Manning, Haeny S. Yoon

chapter 9|15 pages

Orchestrating complex literacies

Considering the Power of Young Children's Repertoires and Identities
ByMariana Souto-Manning, Haeny S. Yoon

chapter |5 pages

Afterword

ByLuis Moll

chapter |2 pages

About the authors

ByMariana Souto-Manning, Haeny S. Yoon