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A Young Writer's World: Creating Early Childhood Classrooms Where Authors Abound

by Rebecca McMahon Giles, PhD
ITEM #: 3600580
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With deep knowledge and respect for the teaching and learning environment, and attention to the details that engage and inspire children, Dr. Rebecca Giles guides educators through the joyful, fascinating process of helping children acquire and enjoy language.

Developing young writers takes energy and creativity, wisdom and strategy, intention and reflection. All are provided here, in abundance. This book is a tool and a resource written by someone who knows the terrain deeply and treats it with reverence.

A Young Writer’s World invites you to celebrate and explore the world of words with your young ones - seeing letters and words in everyday life, connecting language with play on a daily basis, and entering into the delight of literacy, print, and connection with children as they become readers, speakers, and writers.

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1: Setting the Stage
  • Chapter 2: Playing with Print
  • Chapter 3: Plenty of Print
  • Chapter 4: Publishing Possibilities
  • Chapter 5: Writing Role Models
  • Appendices
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • About the Author

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"An excellent resource or textbook for early childhood educators and families who are developing young authors and building literacy one rewrite at a time. A book about writing that is a 'must read.'"

- Alicia Moore, Cargill Endowed Professor of Education, Southwestern University, Georgetown TX

"A Young Writer’s World gives early childhood teachers the 'why and how' to create a print-rich environment with literacy related experiences that provide the necessary foundation for reading and writing. Each chapter includes full-color photos of children engaged in literacy play and useful Teacher Tips. To top it off, six ready-to-implement appendices will have teachers ready to put all the ideas into immediate action!"

- Karyn W. Tunks, Ph.D., author of Creating Effective Learning Environments

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About the Author

Dr. Rebecca McMahon Giles is a Professor in the Department of Leadership and Teacher Education at the University of South Alabama in Mobile, AL where she teaches courses in the undergraduate Early Childhood Studies program as well as the graduate Elementary and Early Childhood Education programs. She received her M.Ed. from the University of Texas at Austin and her Ph.D. from the University of Southern Mississippi. She has taught prekindergarten, kindergarten, and first grade in both public and private school settings and has over 25 years of experience in higher education. Dr. Giles has spoken and published widely on a variety of early childhood topics and is co-author of Write Now! Publishing with Young Authors, PreK through Grade 2 (Heinemann, 2007). She lives in Ocean Springs, MS with her husband Bryan and teenage sons, Jay and Kade.

ISBN: 978-0-942702-66-8

A Young Writer's World: Creating Early Childhood Classrooms Where Authors Abound