Planning & Literacy Development: Supplementary Materials

The following supplementary resources can help Head Start directors and staff plan for supporting literacy development in children who are dual language learners. This list is provided for your information and does not imply endorsement of these materials.


Academy for Educational Development. The Mentor-Teacher Handbook on Early Literacy for Migrant and Seasonal Classrooms [PDF, 736KB].

American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA). "Addressing Emergent Literacy Skills in English-Language Learners." The ASHA Leader, vol. 13,  no. 13. (Sept. 23, 2008): p10-13.

California Department of Education. "Foundations in English-Language Development." California Preschool Learning Foundations - Volume 1: p103-142. [PDF, 5.4MB]. 

Kuhl, Patricia. Bilingualism is Good Brain Exercise for Kids (and Adults). Kuhl, Patricia. NBC News/Education Nation's The Learning Curve Blog. 2011. [PDF, 66KB].  

Reading Rockets. Reading Tips for Parents [Handouts with Tips for Parents About Reading to Young Children - Available in 11 languages]. 


Barone, Diane M. and Shelley Hong Xu. Literacy Instruction for English Language Learners Pre - K-2. The Guilford Press. 2008.

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Teaching Young Children (English and Spanish versions). 

Roberts, Theresa. No Limits to Literacy. Corwin Press. 2009.

Be sure to visit the Early Childhood Development Planning and Curriculum section for more information.

Planning & Literacy Development: Supplementary Materials. HHS/ACF/OHS. 2011. English.

Last Reviewed: August 2011

Last Updated: November 13, 2014