OISE Lobby Display: International Literacy Day (Sept 8th)

The world has changed since 1966 – but our determination to provide every woman and man with the skills, capacities and opportunities to become everything they wish, in dignity and respect, remains as firm as ever. Literacy is a foundation to build a more sustainable future for all.”  – UNESCO Director-General 

This year marks the 50th anniversary of International Literacy Day! The OISE Library is celebrating International Literacy Day on Friday, September 8th by showcasing literacy resources:

Literacy teacher educators : preparing teachers for a changing world
Edited by Clare Kosnik, Jennifer Rowsell, Peter Williamson, Rob Simon and Clive Beck
Many renowned experts in critical literacy and multiliteracies contributed to this unique textbook, including Dr. Claire Kosnick, Professor in the Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning at OISE. Literacy Teacher Educators highlights the perspectives of 26 literacy/English teacher educators from four countries: Canada, USA, UK, and Australia. The book examines in detail how exemplary teacher educators address trends in literacy/English teacher education. The text begins with the authors’ personal stories and research and delves into in-depth description of approaches to literacy instruction. This reading may be helpful for researchers and teacher educators who are interested in a global perspective on the evolution of literacy education.

Reconceptualizing literacy in the new age of multiculturalism and pluralism
Edited by Patricia Ruggiano Schmidt and Athier M. Lazar
This text is comprised of qualitative and quantitative research methodologies both within the practical and theoretical realms of multicultural literacy development across the curriculum. The book aims to help researchers of literacy explore the possible ways of seeing, experiencing, and interpreting literacy education. The book begins by presenting broad frameworks for conceptualizing literacy through the lens of multiculturalism and pluralism, and includes how some major theoretical and applied characteristics of multicultural literacy perspective can be applied to curriculum and instruction. The book’s final chapter explores the challenges to implementing culturally responsive literacy instruction and expands on classroom relationships, family collaboration, assessment, instruction, and discourse.

Story play : building language and literacy one story at a time
Written by Mary Jo Huff
Story Play is a textbook filled with an abundance of ideas that will enhance storytelling experience within the classroom. Experiences with oral and written language provide a solid foundation for early literacy, thus Story Play is meant to help educators promote communication and language development across the curriculum. The activities, songs, and poems are incorporated to create an  engaging storytelling experience within the classroom. Educators will learn how to use these stories to develop specific literacy skills and help you guide children as they interact with familiar stories.

Researching literacy lives : building communities between home and school
Written by Teresa Cremin, Marilyn Mottram, Fiona M. Collins, Sacha Powell and Rose Drury
Researching Literacy Lives is based on the findings of a research project developed in partnership with schools in the UK. The book challenges the profession of teaching to think more critically about children’s lived experience of literacy and funds of knowledge. The authors position teachers as learners and researchers, and examines those teachers’ own literacy history, practices, and identity to build change in creating culturally responsive curricula. The key ideas and challenges explored include examining how practitioners widen their conceptions of literacy and the construction of more personal relationships with parents, families and children.

You read to me, I’ll read to you : very short stories to read together
By Mary Ann Hoberman and illustrated by Michael Emberley
This children’s book is uniquely written with “two voices,” allowing for a fun read aloud between children and adults. The book is formatted to include traditional reading techniques of rhyme, rhythm, and repetition to promote literacy through reading and listening. Despite the themes of the stories, mice, cats, snowman, or snake, each story ends with a variation of the same exclamation:
You read to me! I’ll read to you!

For more resources on the topic of literacy, please visit the OISE Library Lobby Display.

About Emily Kim

Graduate Student Library Assistant at OISE Library | Master of Information (2018), Faculty of Information, University of Toronto
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