Children's Literacy: Latest Research
"Literacy is an individual's ability to read, write, and speak in English, and compute and solve problems at levels of proficiency necessary to function on the job and in society, to achieve one's goals, and to develop one's knowledge and potential."
--National Literacy Act, 1991
Closing the Rich/Poor Reading Achievement Gap
"This study provides the best evidence to date that ensuring easy and continuing access to self-selected books for summer reading is one potential strategy for addressing summer reading setback and, therefore, addressing the reading achievement gap that 424 R. L. Allington et al. exists between students from more and less economically advantaged families." - from Addressing Summer Reading Setback Among Economically Disadvantaged Elementary Students
by Richard L. Allington and Anne McGill-Franzen
Why Read Aloud?
"This may be the first brain-imaging study showing the benefits of reading aloud to young children, but it builds upon decades of related research. For example, one early childhood study found that kindergarten children who were read to at least three times a week had a “significantly greater phonemic awareness than did children who were read to less often, and were almost twice as likely to score in the top 25 percent in reading readiness.”
--Making the Most of Reading Aloud: Practical Strategies for Parents of Young Children
By Deborah Farmer Kris