Learning to read


By Dr Jane Torr

This Everyday Learning Series booklet is about nurturing children’s love of books and reading, and success in learning to read.



Chapter 1 explains what literacy and reading are; how to use children’s literature as a gateway to reading; emergent literacy in early childhood, including processes for decoding and comprehending; how picture books can support children’s emergent literacy; and ways of empowering children to become readers.

In Chapter 2, the focus moves to reading with infants and toddlers, including interactions; what babies and toddlers learn from sharing books with educators and parents/carers; and how to support babies’ and toddlers’ emergent literacy.

Chapters 3 and 4 discuss learning language, learning through language from three to five years of age, and the transition to school. They look at literacy-oriented oral language; casual talk and academic talk; choosing books for three- to five-year-old children; and language and literacy in the classroom.

And finally, Chapter 5 is all about learning to read in more than one language or dialect, including the phases in children’s English language development.

About the Everyday Learning Series:

Early Childhood Australia’s Everyday Learning Series acknowledges that the most important early learning happens through day-to-day life experiences and provides ideas and strategies on ways educators and families can make the most of these experiences to support children’s development. By ‘making the ordinary, extraordinary’, the Everyday Learning Series is an invaluable resource for educators, students of early education, beginning practitioners, and families by assisting them in maximising young children’s play, exploration and discovery, and development within learning environments.

Subscribe to the Everyday Learning Series:

The Everyday Learning Series (EDL) is a 12 month, four-issue subscription. Subscribers also receive bonus online resources which may be shared with educators and families. Learn more here. 

ECA offers libraries and institutions a perpetual access fee. Please contact ECA directly on 1800 356 900 (free call) to obtain the licensing agreement or to order.

Additional information

Weight 0.1 kg
Dimensions 17.3 × 24.5 cm



Paperback, e-version

Year published