• Learning First Alliance. (1998). Every Child Reading: An Action Plan. (Learning First Alliance member organizations are American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, American Association of School Administrators, American Federation of Teachers, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Council of Chief State School Officers, Education Commission of the States, National Association of Elementary School Principals, National Association of Secondary School Principals, National Association of State Boards of Education, National Education Association, National Parent Teacher Association, and National School Boards Association.) 1001 Connecticut Ave., NW, Suite 335, Washington, DC, 202/296-5220.

• International Reading Association and the National Association for the Education of Young Children. (1998). Learning to read and write: developmentally appropriate practices for young children. Young Children 53:30-46.


We found several sources helpful in developing these activities

• Lynn, L. (1997). Helping children develop oral-language skills: 10 activities teachers and parents can do. The Harvard Education Letter 13(4).

• Whitehurst, G.J., F.L. Falco, C.J. Lonigan, J.E. Fischel, B.D. DeBaryshe, M., C. Valdez-Menchaca, and M. Caulfield. (1988). Accelerating language development through picture book reading. Developmental Psychology 24:552-559.

Helping Your Baby Learn to Talk. (1995). U.S. Department of Education, Office of Educational Research and Improvement, National Institute on Early Childhood Development and Education.

Ready*Set*Read for Families. (1997). U.S. Department of Education, America Reads Challenge.


Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss. (1960). New York: Random House.


Friends Old and New: Picture Songbook by Linda Swears. (1994). Greensboro, NC: Kindermusik International, Inc.


Dr. Seuss wrote and illustrated 42 books, published by Random House. They are listed below.

• And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street

• The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins

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