Author(s): Karen E. Wohlwend; Donna E. Alvermann (Series edited by); Celia Genishi (Series edited by)

Language and Literacy

Karen Wohlwend provides a new framework for rethinking the boundaries between literacy and play, so that play itself is viewed as a literacy practice along with reading, writing, and design. Through a variety of theoretical lenses, the author presents a portrait of literacy play that connects three play groups: the girls and, importantly, boys, who played with Disney Princess media; "Just Guys" who used design and sports media to make a boys-only space; and a group of children who played teacher with big books and other school texts. These young children "play by design," using play not only as a literacy to transform the texts that they read, write, and draw, but also as a tactic to transform their relational identities in the social spaces of peer and school cultures.

Emphasizing the importance of play despite current high-stakes testing demands, this book:

  • Provides an argument for re-centering play in early childhood curricula where play functions as a literacy in its own right.
  • Offers cutting-edge analyses and examples of new literacies, popular culture, and multimodal discourses.
  • Illustrates how children's play can both produce and challenge normative discourses regarding ethnicity, gender, and sexuality.
  • Examines the multimodal, multimedia textual practices of young children as they play across tensions among popular media, peer relationships, and school literacy.
  • Features vivid descriptions, examples of young children in action, and photographs.

Product Information

General Fields

  • : 9780807752609
  • : Teachers College Press
  • : Teachers College Press
  • : 0.3
  • : October 2011
  • : .53 Inches X 6.17 Inches X 8.95 Inches
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Karen E. Wohlwend; Donna E. Alvermann (Series edited by); Celia Genishi (Series edited by)
  • : Paperback
  • : English
  • : 372.6/049
  • : 208