Saroj Ghoting
Early Childhood Literacy Consultant

References Made in Trainings

Eary Literacy Research Noted

Bibliography (Books) on Child Development and Early Literacy


Brain Development and Child Development

Language Development and Early Literacy Skills

Books/Reading and Early Literacy Skills

The Five Practices: Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play

Effect of Media Viewing on Language Development

Bilingual Language and Learning

Early Literacy and Children Who Are Deaf


* Achievement Gap Initiative Harvard University video library of talks on research and issues
Language Gap between Rich and Poor Children Begins in Infancy Stanford Report, September 25, 2013
* Child-directed Speech: Relation to Socioeconomic Status, Knowledge of Child Development and Child Vocabulary Skill by Meredith Rowe. Journal of Child Language 35(2008) 185-205.
Inequality at the Starting Gate (Economic Policy Institute)
* First-Time Kindergartners in 2010-11: First Findings From the Kindergarten Rounds of the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Kindergarten Class of 2010-11 (ECLS-K:2011) National Center for Educational Statistics, 2012
* As Test Scores Jump, Raleigh Credits Integration by Income
* The Everyday Experience of American Babies: Discoveries and Implications by Todd Risley.
* Disparities in Early Learning and Development: Lessons for the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study--Birth Cohort (ECLS-B) Child Trends June 2009
* A Window to the World: Early Language and Literacy Development Zero to Three Policty Brief February 2011
* Talking to Children: Why Some Mothers Do It More. FPG Snapshot #53 May 2008 University of North Carolina FPG Child Development Institute
* Parent Survey from Zero to Three

Brain Development and Child Development
* Literacy Promotion: An Essential Component of Primary Care Pediatric Practice by American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Early Childhood Pediatrics online June 23,1014
Early Brain Development ppt and script Oregon Library Development Services
* Babies Lip-Read Before Talking: Babblers Focus on Adults' Mouths Whe Learning How to Speak Science News February 11, 2012; vol 181#3 p.9.
* Children and Brain Development: What We Know About How Children Learn University of Maine, Cooperative Extension Services (includes videoclip)
* School Readiness for Infants and Toddlers? Really? Yes, Really! by Sandra Peterson Young Children September 2012 p.10-13,
Harvard University Center for the Developing Child, Science of Early Childhood
* Baby Brain Map Zero to Three
Foundations for a New Science of Learning by Andrew Meltzoff, Patricia Kuhl, Javier Movellan, Terrence Sejnowski (July 2009)
* Early Experience Can Alter Gene Expression and Affect Long-Term Development National Scientific Council on the Developing Child (2010) Working Paper #10 from
* Timing and Quality of Early Experiences Combine to Shape Brain Architecture. National Scientific Council on the Developing Child (2007) Working Paper #5 from
* Patricia Kuhl: The Linguistic Genius of Babies (videoclip) How babies learn sounds of languge
* Early Brain Development Research Review and Update by Pam Schiller. The Exchange Nov/Dec 2010, p.26-30. (Child Care Exchange)
* What Children Should Know About Their Own Brains by Annie Paul Mind/Shift April 5, 2012
* Developmental Milestones: Infant University of Nevada
* Developmental Milestones: Toddler University of Nevada
* Developmental Milestones: Preschooler University of Nevada

Language Development and Early Literacy Skills
* Quality of Words, Not Quantity Is Crucial to Language Skills, Study Finds by Douglas Quenqua New York Times Oct. 16, 2014
Trying to Close a Knowledge Gap, Word by Word by Motoko Rich. New York Times March 25, 2014
* How Reading Books Fosters Language Development Around the World by David Dickinson et al. Child Development Research 2012
* Preparing America's Chidlren for Success in the 21st Century: Too Small to Fail--Next Generation Clinton Foundation 2013

* Supporting Language and Cognitive Development in Early Head Start Research to Practice April 2006
* Teaching Our Youngest: A Guide for Preschool Teachers and Child Care and Family Providers US Department of Education, Early Childhood-Head Start Task Force, 2002
Babies Lip-Read Before Talking Science News Online January 17, 2012
* Reinterpreting the Development of Reading Skills by Scott G. Paris (2005)
* Mommy and Me: Familiar Names Help Launch Babies into Speech Stream Segmantation by Heather Bortfiel, James Morgan, Roberta Golinkoff, Karen Rathbun Psychological Science (2005) April: 16(4): 298-304
* Successful Phonological Awareness Instruction with Preschool Children by Beth Phillips, Jeanine Clancy-Menchetti, Christopher Lonigan (May 2008)
* Early Literacy: Building Vocabulary to Build Literacy by Susan B. Neuman. Early Childhood Today, October, 2006.
* Phonological Awareness is Child's Play! by Hallie and Ruth Yopp. Beyond the Journal: Young Children on the Web (NAEYC), January 2009, 9p.
* The Everyday Experience of American Babies: Discoveries and Implications by Todd Risley. (effect of talk)
* Doing What Works Preschool Language and Literacy National Assn. for Elementary School Principals
* Promoting the Development of Scientific Thinking by Ruth Wilson Earychildhood NEWS 2007.
* Early Math Collatorative Erikson Institute

Books/Reading and Early Literacy Skills
* Increasing Young Children's Contact with Print During Shared Book Reading: Longitudinal Effects on Literacy Achievement by Shayne Piasta, Laura Justice et al. Child Development May/June 2012 v.83 #3 p.810-820.
* Learning to Talk and Listen National Institute for Literacy on oral language
* Books without Text Can Increase Literacy, Vocabulary Skills in Children with Developmental Disabilities by Sandra Gillam and Lisa Boyce ( June 7, 2011)
* Reading to Learn from the Very Beginning: Informational Books in Early Childhood by Nell Duke (Young Children, 2003)
* Repeated Interactive Read-Alouds in Preschool and Kindergarten by Lea McGee and Judith Schickendanz (2007) Reading Rockets (in classroom settings)
* Parent-Child Shared Book Reading: Quality versus Quantity of Reading Interactions Between Parents and Young Children by Danielle Kassow. Talaris Research Institute. v.1 #1 (June 2006)
* Teaching by Listening: The Importance of Adult-Child Conversations to Language Development by Frederick Zimmerman et al. Pediatrics July 2009 v. 124#1 p.342-349.
* Maternal Input During Book Sharing: Wordless vs. Printed BooksTexts by Sandi Gillam and Lisa Boyce. (Utah State University)
* Talk During Book Sharing Between Parents and Preschool Children: A Comparison Between Storybook and Expository Book Conditions. Lisa Price, Anne Van Kleeck, Carl Huberty. Reading Research Quarterly v.44#2 (April 2009) p.174-191.
* Language & Literacy Enrichment for Preschoolers University of Cincinnati powerpoint presentation by Lynne Christofaris et al. October 7, 2011 Early literacy orview, preschool setting based.
* Intrinsic Motivation and Rewards: What Sustains Young Children's Engagement with Text? by Barbara Marinak and Linda Gambrell. Literacy Research and Instruction 47:9-26 (2008)

The Five Practices: Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play
* What's Lost as Handwriting Fades? by Maria Konnikova New York Times Science June 2014
* Why Sing by Nancy Stewart
Is the Power of Talk Enough to Close the School Readiness Divide? by Sara Neufeld. Hechinger Report September 27, 2013
* Babies Use Their Own Names to Help Learn Language Science Daily May 14, 2005
* Scribbling and Mark Making: Promoting Infants' and Toddlers' Emergent Drawing Behavior CELL Notes 2013 v.6#1 2p.

* Bridges to Literacy: Early Routines That Promote Later School Success
by Sharon Rosenkoeter and Lauren Barton
* Assessing and Scaffolding: Make-Believe Play by Deborah Leong and elena Bodrova Young Children January 2012, pg. 28-34.
* Reading Tips for Young Parents Read to Me Program
* Handwriting Is Beneficial to Children's Cognitive Development, Summary of original peer reviewed research compiled by FYI Living's health writers, February 22, 2011.
* Helping Young children Develop Strong Writing Skills by Colorin Colorado (preschool and up)
* Playing to Get Smart Elizabeth Jones in Spotlight on Young Children and Play.
* Play and School Readiness by Sue Bredekamp in Zigler Roots of Reading (2004)
* Reading: Early Literacy from Zero to Three
* Learning to Write and Draw: How Your Child's Writing and Art Changes Over Time
* Beginnings of Literacy by Joan McLane and Gillian McNamee
* Tips on Learning to Talk
* Baby Talk Bonanza by Sara Neufeld The Hechinger Report September 13, 2013 Slate Science
* Storytelling in the First Three Years by Susan Engel
* Getting in Tune: The Powerful Influence of Music on Young Children's Development
* Music of Languge (audio slideshow) July/August 2010 issue of Scientific American MIND
* Beyond Twinkle, Twinkle: Using Music with Infants and Toddlers by Rebecca Parlakian and Claire Lerner

Media Viewing, eBooks, Apps, and Effects on Language Development
* Screen Sense: Setting the Record Straight: Research-Based Guidelines for Screen Use for Children Under 3 Years Old by Claire Lerner, Zero to Three, 2014
* Children Learn Best During Real Time Interaction Temple University September 2013 . Full text of study: Skype Me! Socially Contingent Interactions Help Toddlers Learn Language by Sarah Roseberry, Kathy Hirsh-Pasek and Roberta Golinkoff. Child Development September 23, 2013, p.956-970.
* Is E-Reading to Your Toddler Story Time or Simply Screen Time? by Douglas Quenqua New York Times Oct. 11, 2014
* E-Books or Paper--What's Best for Young Children by Hanen Centre 2014
Picture Books and the Digital World by Junko Yokota and William Teale in Reading Teacher May 2014 pp.577-585.
* How Do Families and Children Use Educational Media? New Report Gives Some Answers by Susan Friedman Jan 27, 2014 Joan Ganz Cooney Center
* Learning at Home: Families' Educational Media Use in America by Victoria Rideout (2 - 10 year olds) The Joan Ganz Cooney Center, January 2014 (55 pages)
* Why to Avoid TV Before Age 2? American Academy of Pediatrics
* For Infants and Toddlers in the Digital Age: Time with Adults Still Matters Most Fred Rogers Center March12, 2013.
* Children's Media Use in America 2013 Commonsense Media
A Typology for Observing Children's Engagement with eBooks at Preschool by Kathleen Roskos et al. Journal of Interactive Online Learning v.11 #2 Summer 2012.
* A Framework for Quality in Digital Media for YOung Children: Considerations for Parents, Educators, And Media Creators
by Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children's Media at St. Vincent College April 2012
Toddlers, Electronic Media, and Language Development: What Researchers Know So Far by Lisa Guernsey.
Zero to Three March 2013 p.11-17.
Media, Technology, and Reading in Hispanic Families: A National Survey Center on Media and Human Development at Northwestern University and National Center for Families Learning, December, 2013.
Are Learning Apps Good for Babies? by Rachel Payne School Library Journal August 9, 2013
* Facing the Screen Dilemma: Young Children, Technology and Early Educatio
n by The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood and the Alliance for Childhood (October, 2012)

* Technology and Interactive Media as Tools in Early Childhood Programs Serving Children from Birth Through Age 8: A Joint Position Statement by NAEYC and Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children Media at Sait Vincent College (2012)
* Pioneering Literacy in the Digital Wild West: Empowering Parents and Educators by Lisa Guernsey, Michael Levine, Cynthia Chiong & Maggie Stevens (December 10, 2012) Joan Ganz Cooney Center
* Quick Report: Print Books vs. E-books by Cynthia Chiong, Jinny Ree, and Lori Takeuchi. (May 15, 2012) Joan Ganz Cooney Center
* The New Coviewing: Designing for Learning through Joint Media Engagement by Lori Takeuchi and Reed Stevens (2011) Joan Ganz Cooney Center
* Zero to Eight: Children's Media Use in America A Common Sense Media Research Study (Fall 2011)
* How True Are Our Assumptions about Screen Time? by Lisa Guernsey NAEYC for Families (2012)
* Associations Between Media Viewing and Language Development in Children Under Age 2 Years by Frederick Zimmerman et al. Journal of Pediatrics October 2007 p.364-368
Want a Brainer Baby?
* Baby Einsteins: Not So Smart After All
* Brief Exposure to Mandarin Can Help American Infants Learn Chinese
* Educational Videos Drain Baby Brains
* Television Watching: Practical Advice for Parents of Young Children (Hanen Centre)
* Media Use by Children Younger Than 2 Years (American Association of Pediatrics Pediatrics online October 17, 2011 DOI: 10.1542/pes.2011-1753)
* Children's Media Use in America: Zero to Eight Common Sense Media, Fall 2011
* Child's Play: Should Preschoolers Engage with Technology or Good-Old Fashioned Fun? Preschool Matters Today, National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) blog summer 2011
* Media and Children TED Talk by Dimitri Christakis
* Time Well Spent: Relating Television Use to Children's Free-Time Activities by Elizabeth Vandewater tel al. Pediatrics February 1, 2006. v.107#2 p.e181-e191. (doi: 10.1542/peds.2005-0812)

Bilingual Language and Learning
* Bilingual Babies' Vocabulary Linked to Early Brain Differentiation by Molly McElroy University of Washington, Science Daily August 29, 2011 Full article in Journal of Phonetics
Cognitive Gains in 7-month-old Bilingual Infants by Agnes Kovacs and Jacques Mehler Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the Unites States April 21, 2009 v.106 #16 p.6556-6560.
* Bilingual Brain Is Sharper and More Focused, Study Says Wall Street Journal Health Blog, April 30, 2012 noting the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences article April 30, 2012 and others
* Storybook Reading for Young Dual Language Learners by Cristina Gillanders and Dina Castro. Young Children (January 2011) p.91-95
* Foreign-Languge Experience in Infancy: Effects of Short-Term Exposure and Social Interaction on Phonetic Learning by Patricia Kuhl et al. Proceedings of National Academy of Science, July 22, 2003 v. 100#15 p.9096-9101.

Early Literacy and Children Who Are Deaf (Thank you to Susan Cohen, Montgomery County (MD) Public Libraries)
* Book: Literacy and Your Deaf Child: What Every Parent Should Know by David Alan Stewart.Gallaudet University Press, 2003.
* Gallaudet University has a Shared Reading Project that addresses the literacy needs of deaf children.
* 15 Principles for Reading to Deaf Children Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center (in English and ASL)
* Emergent Bilingual Deaf Readers: Interactive Book Sharing by Bobbie M Allen, University of California
* Emergent Literacy of Deaf Children by Cheri Williams Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education v.#4 (2004)
* Children with cochlear implants seem to have needs different from deaf children without cochlear implants.

* Early Emergent Literacy for Children with Combined Vision and Hearing Loss from National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness Literacy Practice Partership
* Emergent Literacy for Children who are Deaf-Blind from Project SALUTE (Successful Adaptations for Learning ot Use Touch Effectively)

Saroj Ghoting • Riner, VA •