“McGill-Franzen spent a decade working in kindergarten classrooms and with kindergarten teachers in developing her approach to fostering literacy, and this book is proof that it was time-well spent. Too often early literacy assessment neither informs instruction nor builds on children's strengths. McGill-Franzen provides powerful and appropriate research-based tools that do both and will benefit virtually every kindergarten teacher (and many first-grade teachers) and the children they teach.”

Richard L. Allington,
University of Tennessee

"Anne McGill-Franzen's book is extraordinarily helpful in showing us what to teach and how to use kids' strengths in kindergarten. She uses clear examples and recommends great strategies for teaching. It’s developmentally appropriate, child centered, and rigorous.”

Franki Sibberson,
Classroom Teacher, Dublin City Schools, Ohio


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