Book Reviews 299 Cambridge University Press: Melbourne, 2016; 210 pp. ISBN 978-1-107-57862 Language and Literacy Development in Early Childhood offers a concise orientation to important aspects of language and literacy learning in the early years for ‘early childhood educators and caregivers, parents and family members’ (p. 2). As an introductory text for this wide readership, the book is a worthwhile add- ition to the ﬁeld because the particular choice of topics, their scope and organisation, shows some refreshing variation from several existing textbooks. As a guide for further study, the authors’ valuable perspectives on language and literacy development in the early years provide useful references for additional readings and resources. The authors’ stated intent is to develop understandings that will help edu- cators and parents provide ‘the best opportunities for language and literacy development’ for all children (p. 1). Central to their book is the work of Heath (1983), Bernstein (1990) and Williams (1998). Each of these researchers demonstrated how children from more marginalised social and cultural groups were disadvantaged because their home language and literacy uses differed from those at school. While dated, these studies are worth describing in a text of this nature because the understandings they
Journal of Early Childhood Literacy – SAGE
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