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Mind the Gap: Demystifying the transition from early literacy to reading

When my older son started kindergarten, he had been in public preschool for two years--about the same length of time that I had been working as a librarian. Despite these enormous advantages, I still felt bewildered when he aged out of storytime. Library school had had nothing to say to me about the beginning reader section and a couple years’ part-time experience hadn’t given me much knowledge, either. I saw a bunch of different colored stickers and knew they corresponded loosely to grade levels and that was about all I had to offer. Grandma sharing Dick and Jane with a new kindergartner. Fortunately, around that time in my professional life, one of my wonderful colleagues launched a traini

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