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
Master of Arts
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Division of School Library Studies
Rebecca K. Edmiaston
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©2006 Erin Feingold
Feingold, Erin, "Suggested core materials for early childhood programs" (2006). Graduate Research Papers. 1987.