Edited by: Daniel Meier
Publication Date: July 12, 2009
Featuring contributions from a unique mix of authors—classroom teachers, teacher educators, and children’s book authors—this volume explores the value of stories in promoting children’s language and literacy learning. Major sections cover the most fundamental and critical foundations for language and literacy growth—including first language learning, multilingual learning, and literacy development—and then focus on the forms and functions of story from infants and toddlers to the upper elementary grades. Here's the Story is a practical text that offers the conceptual and theoretical background for promoting new ways of bringing narrative to the forefront of children’s current language and literacy learning.
Daniel R. Meier is Professor of Elementary Education at San Francisco State University. He also serves as Co-editor of Voices of Practitioners, an online teacher research feature of NAEYC’s Young Children. His books include Learning from Young Children in the Classroom, Learning in Small Moments, Scribble Scrabble, and The Young Child’s Memory for Words.
"This lively collection offers us the gift of rich new perspectives of the young child's original curriculum: story."
—Vivian Gussin Paley
“Provides teachers with some wonderful tools for eliciting stories from children."
—Susan Engel, Williams College, Williamstown, MA
“Challenges the current reign of standards and testing.”
—Dinah Volk, Cleveland State University
“These detailed narratives empower educators to view each child as an active learner and encourages teachers to redefine their role in the classroom.”
—Isauro M. Escamilla, teacher and consultant, San Francisco Unified School District