- vii, 166 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
- Contents: 1. Early literacy: the current context -- 2. Leading into literacy -- 3. Speaking and listening -- 4. Physical foundations of literacy -- Metalinguistic development -- 6. Print awareness -- 7. Symbolising and representation -- 8. Phonological awareness.Includes bibliographical references and index.Summary: "This book looks in detail at the knowledge, understanding, skills and attitudes that children need to enable them to come to phonics teaching ready to learn and with a good chance of success. It explores a range of aspects of young children's learning that lead into literacy, and includes practical advice on how to translate this into practice"-- back cover.