Word Play All Day—Early Literacy in Action — Selected Resources


Growing Ideas Word Play All Day - Early Literacy in Action Selected=

Please note: Some resources may require a subscription or have restricted access due to a publisher paywall.


  • Enz, B., Mandel Morrow, L. (2009). Assessing Preschool Literacy Development. Newark, DE: International Reading Association, Inc.
  • Strickland, D.S., & Schickedanz, J.A. (2009). Learning About Print in Preschool: Working With Letters, Words, and Beginning Links With Phonemic Awareness. Newark, DE: International Reading Association, Inc.


Videos and Learning Modules:

  • Center for Early Literacy Learning. (n.d.). (2011) CELL videos are designed for the teacher, parent, trainer, coach and home visitor. Each video introduces and illustrates a key component of the CELL Early Literacy Learning Model. The home visitor may use a video to introduce and illustrate a component with a parent. The trainer may use a video to introduce, illustrate or practice a component with teachers. The videos are for use by Teachers and with Parents as indicated. Retrieved from http://www.earlyliteracylearning.org/ta_pract_videos1.php


  • All Children Can Read — The National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB) has created this new Web site. It is built on a framework that incorporates stages of literacy development and key components of reading into instructional strategies for children with dual sensory challenges. It is organized around evidence-based strategies that have been identified as effective in building emergent literacy skills and moving children along the continuum toward independent reading. The site offers strategies, practical examples and resources designed to give children with deaf-blindness, multiple disabilities and complex challenges expanded learning opportunities in literacy instruction.
  • CAST UDL Book Builder – this site has resources to help you create, share, publish and read digital books that engage and support diverse learners according to their individual needs, interests and skills.
  • Center for Early Literacy Learning (CELL) – a major initiative of the Center for Evidence-Based Practices at the Orelena Hawks Puckett Institute. Retrieved from http://www.earlyliteracylearning.org/
  • PACER Center. (2004, Spring). Children with disabilities thrive in literacy-rich environments. Early Childhood Connection. Retrieved from  https://www.pacer.org/newsletters/ec/spring04.pdf
  • Reading rockets: Teaching kids to read and helping those who struggle – offers a wealth of reading strategies, lessons, and activities designed to help young children learn how to read and read better. Retrieved from http://www.readingrockets.org/
  • Zero to Three. (n.d.). Brain Wonders: Early Literacy. Retrieved from https://www.zerotothree.org/early-learning/early-literacy

Updated: 03/17/2021

Maine Department of Health and Human ServicesFunding for the 2011 update of the Growing Ideas Resources for Guiding Early Childhood Practices has been provided by the Maine Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Child and Family Services, Early Childhood Division.