This book provides a systematic exploration of family literacy, including its historic origins, theoretical expansion, practical applications within the field, and focused topics within family literacy. Grounded in sociocultural approaches to learning and literacy, the book covers research on how families use literacy in their daily lives as well as different models of family literacy programs and interventions that provide opportunities for parent-child literacy interactions and that support the needs of children and parents as adult learners. Chapters discuss key topics, including the roles of race, ethnicity, culture, and social class in family literacy; digital family literacies; family-school relationships and parental engagement in schools; fathers’ involvement in family literacy; accountability and employment; and more. Throughout the book, Lynch and Prins share evidence-based literacy practices and highlight examples of successful family literacy programs. Acknowledging lingering concerns, challenges, and critiques of family literacy, the book also offers recommendations for research, policy, and practice.

Accessible and thorough, this book comprehensively addresses family literacies and is relevant for researchers, scholars, graduate students, and instructors and practitioners in language and literacy programs.

part I|59 pages

Introduction and Literacy Foundations

chapter 1|12 pages

Family Literacy

Introduction and Overview

chapter 3|14 pages

Early Literacy Development

chapter 4|17 pages

Adult Education and Literacy

part II|35 pages

Family Literacy and Diversity

chapter 6|18 pages

Family Literacy and Social Class

part III|37 pages

Family Literacy in Practice

chapter 8|19 pages

Family Literacy Programs

Successful Models and Practices

part IV|75 pages

Family Literacy

chapter 11|19 pages

Digital Literacies in Family Literacy

chapter 12|14 pages

Diversity and Family-School Relationships

Improving Parental Engagement with Schools

part V|15 pages


chapter 14|13 pages

Conclusions and Future Directions