Graduate Research Papers


Open Access Graduate Research Paper


The purpose of this project was to examine current available resources related to emergent literacy in order to create a core list of literature for early childhood center libraries. "Research suggests that the foundation for academic success is laid well before a child enters the public schools" (Smith, Fairchild, and Groginsky, 1997, p. ix). The researcher described past and present Federal initiatives that support these efforts. Current curriculum guidelines and recommendations from national organizations for early childhood learning centers were examined to determine what resources were needed to provide a framework for learning. Studies examined emphasized that exposing children to literature from birth is a large part of the foundation building process because early literacy will help children enhance their development of beginning stages of phonological awareness. The researcher then examined present guidelines within current literature sourcebooks and review guides in order to evaluate materials and to create a core list of highly recommended literature. An annotated bibliography containing around 1,000 items was created. This core list is presented as a resource of the most highly recommended literature sources for early childhood centers that can be used to enhance their current collections. Limitations and suggestions for further research are addressed.

Year of Submission


Degree Name

Master of Arts


Department of Curriculum and Instruction


Division of School Library Studies

First Advisor

Barbara Safford

Second Advisor

Rebecca K. Edmiaston


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