The School Collection: Children's Literature at the Education and Social Science Library
The School Collection: Children's Literature at the Social Sciences, Health, and Education Library

Predictable Story Books

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"Exposure to literature helps children discover the predictability of written language. Predictability can take many different forms. Rhyme can help children fill in words. Repeated phrases and episode patterns, catch phrases, and cumulative patterns all contribute to predictability. Regardless of the device used, predictable stories allow children to guess what is coming next, a strategy that serves them well as developing readers. And continued exposure to books helps children develop a 'concept of story,' or basic understanding of story structure."

From : Martinez, Miriam and Marcia F. Nash. (1991) "Bookalogues : talking about children's books." Language Arts, 68(3) : 241-247.

Most books are located in the School (S-) Collection (Room 112, Main Library) of the Social Sciences, Health, and Education Library (SSHEL). However, books may also be located at the Center for Children's Books and older books may be located in the Rare Book & Manuscript Library (Room 346, Main Library), or in the Oak Street Facility. To verify the location of an item, search for the book in the Online Library Catalog. If you require assistance locating an item, please ask for assistance at the SSHEL Information Desk.


Books for Children

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Aardema, Verna (Retold). Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears. 1975.

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Alborough, Jez. Watch Out! Big Bro’s Coming! 1997.

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Anderson, Peggy Perry. Chuck’s Truck. 2006.

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Archambault, John. A Beautiful Feast for a Big King Cat. 1994.

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Arnold, Tedd. No Jumping on the Bed! 2012.

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Ashburn, Boni. The Fort That Jack Built. 2013.

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Aylesworth, Jim. Old Black Fly. 1992.

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Banks, Kate. Peter and the Talking Shoes. 1994.

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Baranski, Joan Sullivan. Round Is a Pancake. 2001.

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Baron, Alan. Little Pig's Bouncy Ball. 1996.

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Baron, Alan. Red Fox Dances. 1996.

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Beck, Ian. Five Little Ducks. 1993.

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Beil, Karen Magnuson. Jack's House. 2008.

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Bender, Robert. A Most Unusual Lunch. 1994.

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Bergman, Mara. Yum Yum! What Fun! 2009.

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Brett, Jan. Gingerbread Friends. 2008.

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Brown, Margaret Wise. Goodnight Moon. 2005.

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Bryant, Megan E. Just Like Daddy. 2003.

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Bunting, Eve. Tweak Tweak. 2011.

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Burton, Marilee R. My Best Shoes. 1994.

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Butler, Stephen. The Mouse and the Apple. 1994.

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Capucilli, Alyssa. Inside a Barn in the Country. 1995.

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Carle, Eric. Today Is Monday. 1993.

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Carle, Eric. The Very Hungry Caterpillar. 1994.

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Carle, Eric. The Very Lonely Firefly. 1995.

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Carlson, Nancy. How to Lose All Your Friends. 1997.

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Carlstrom, Nancy White. Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear? 1996.

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Carlstrom, Nancy White. Rise and Shine. 1993.

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Catalano, Dominic. Hush! A Fantasy in Verse. 2003.

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Christelow, Eileen. Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed. 1989.

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Clarke, Jane. Stuck in the Mud. 2008.

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Cole, Henry P. Jack's Garden. 1997.

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Cowley, Joy. Mrs. Wishy-Washy's Christmas. 2005.

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Cowley, Joy. Mrs. Wishy-Washy's Farm. 2003.

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Dale, Penny. Ten out of Bed. 1994.

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Daniels, Teri. Just Enough. 2000.

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Day, David. King of the Woods. 1993.

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De Regniers, Beatrice Schenk. Going for a Walk. 1993.

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Donaldson, Julia. Room on the Broom. 2001.

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Dunbar, Joyce. Ten Little Mice. 1990.

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Dunphy, Madeleine. Here Is the African Savanna. 1999.

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Dunphy, Madeleine. Here Is the Arctic Winter. 1993.

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Dunphy, Madeleine. Here Is the Coral Reef. 1998.

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Dunphy, Madeleine. Here Is the Southwestern Desert. 1995.

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Dunphy, Madeleine. Here Is the Wetland. 1996.

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Edwards, David. The Pen That Pa Built. 2007.

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Edwards, Pamela Duncan. Jack and Jill's Treehouse. 2008.

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Edwards, Pamela Duncan. The Wright Brothers. 2003.

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Fleming, Denise. Barnyard Banter. 1994.

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Fox, Mem. Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes. 2008.

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Fox, Mem. Time for Bed. 1993.

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Gelman, Rita Golden. I Went to the Zoo. 1993.

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Gordon, Jeffie Ross. Two Badd Babies. 1992.

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Haughton, Chris. Little Owl Lost. 2010.

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Hayes, Sarah. This Is the Bear and the Bad Little Girl. 1995.

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Hendry, Diana. The Very Noisy Night. 1999.

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Hutchins, Pat. Little Pink Pig. 1994.

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Jaques, Florence Page. There Once Was a Puffin. 1995.

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Kalan, Robert. Jump, Frog, Jump! 1995.

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Kalan, Robert. Stop, Thief! 1993.

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Kraus, Robert. Come Out and Play, Little Mouse. 1995.

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Lindbergh, Reeve. The Day the Goose Got Loose. 1995.

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Lindbergh, Reeve. If I'd Known Then What I Know Now. 1994.

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Lindbergh, Reeve. There's a Cow in the Road! 1993.

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Long, Kathy. The Runaway Shopping Cart. 2007.

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MacDonald, Margaret Read. Fat Cat: A Danish Folktale. 2001.

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MacDonald, Margaret Read. Pickin' Peas. 1998.

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Mahy, Margaret. Simply Delicious! 1999.

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Manson, Christopher. The Tree in the Wood: An Old Nursery Song. 1993.

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Martin, Bill Jr. & John Archambault. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. 1989.

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Marzollo, Jean. Sun Song. 1995

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Masurel, Claire. Good Night! 1994.

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Mathews, Judith. Nathaniel Willy, Scared Silly. 1994.

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Mazzone, Kelly. A House for Hickory. 1995.

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McBratney, Sam. The Caterpillow Fight. 1996.

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McGilvray, Richard. Don't Climb out of the Window Tonight. 1993.

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Miller, Sara Swan. Three Stories You Can Read to Your Dog. 1995.

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Miranda, Anne. To Market, To Market. 1997.

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Mosel, Arlene. Tikki, Tikki Tembo. 1968.

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Neitzel, Shirley. The Bag I'm Taking to Grandma's. 1998.

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Nikola-Lisa, W. No Babies Asleep. 1994.

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Numeroff, Laura Joffe. If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. 1985.

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Numeroff, Laura Joffe. If You Give a Pig a Pancake. 1994.

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Oxenbury, Helen. It's My Birthday. 1994.

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Piers, Helen. Who's In My Bed? 1999.

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Piper, Watty. The Little Engine That Could. 2005.

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Polacco, Patricia. In Enzo's Splendid Gardens. 1997.

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Rader, Laura (illustrator). Chicken Little. 1998.

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Raffi. Down by the Bay. 1987.

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Raschka, Christopher. Yo! Yes? 1993.

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Robinson, Martha. The Zoo at Night. 1995.

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Rosen, Michael. We're Going on a Bear Hunt. 1997.

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Sanfield, Steve. Bit by Bit. 1995.

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Scieszka, Jon. The True Story of the Three Little Pigs. 1999.

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Seeger, Pete. Abiyoyo Returns. 2001.

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Sendak, Maurice. Where the Wild Things Are. 1963.

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Seuss, Dr. The Foot Book. 1996.

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Seuss, Dr. My Many Colored Days. 1996.

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Shea, Susan A. Do You Know Which Ones Will Grow? 2011.

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Sloat, Terri. The Thing That Bothered Farmer Brown. 1995.

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Swanson, Susan Marie. The House in the Night. 2008.

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Taback, Simms. Joseph Had a Little Overcoat. 1999.

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Taback, Simms. There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly. 1997.

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Taback, Simms. This is the House That Jack Built. 2002.

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Van Laan, Nancy. The Big Fat Worm. 1995.

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Van Laan, Nancy. So Say the Little Monkeys. 1998.

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Waber, Bernard. Bearsie Bear and the Surprise Sleepover Party. 1997.

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Waber, Bernard. Do You See a Mouse? 1995.

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Waddell, Martin. The Pig in the Pond. 1996.

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Waddell, Martin. Sailor Bear. 1993.

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Wahl, Jan. Cats and Robbers. 1995.

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Wellington, Monica. Night House, Bright House. 1997.

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Wells, Rosemary. Noisy Nora. 1997.

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West, Colin. "Buzz, Buzz, Buzz," Went Bumblebee. 1996.

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West, Colin. "I Don't Care!" Said the Bear. 1996.

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West, Judy. Have You Got My Purr? 2000.

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Wing, Natasha. Hippity Hop, Frog on Top. 1994.

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Winthrop, Elizabeth. Shoes. 1996.

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Wolkstein, Diane. Step by Step. 1994.

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Wood, Audrey. The Napping House. 1984

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Wormell, Mary. Hilda Hen's Happy Birthday. 1995.

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Ziefert, Harriet. Henny-Penny. 1997.

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Ziefert, Harriet. Oh, What a Noisy Farm! 1995.

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Zimmerman, Andrea Griffing. Trashy Town. 1999.

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Books for Young Adults

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Babbitt, Natalie. The Eyes of Amaryllis. 1977.

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Carris, Joan D. The Revolt of 10-X. 1980.

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Colman, Hila. Sometimes I Don't Love My Mother. 1979.

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Girion, Barbara. A Tangle of Roots. 1979.

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Greene, Constance. Beat the Turtle Drum. 1979.

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Hentoff, Nat. This School Is Driving Me Crazy. 1978.

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Hinton, S.E. Tex. 1982.

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Holland, Isabelle. Heads You Win, Tails I Lose. 1973.

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Kerr, M.E. Dinky Hocker Shoots Smack. 1973.

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Klein, Norma. Mom, the Wolf Man, and Me. 1982.

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Myers, Walter Dean. The Young Landlords. 1979.

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Pascal, Francine. The Hand-Me-Down Kid. 1980.

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Zindel, Paul and Bonnie Zindel. A Star for the Latecomer. 1980.

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Authors With Multiple Titles


For Children

Barton, Byron
Brooke, Leslie L.
Brown, Margaret Wise
Carle, Eric
de Regniers, Beatrice Schenk
Domanska, Janina
Fox, Mem
Galdone, Paul
Hoban, Tana
Hutchins, Pat
Kraus, Robert
Langstaff, John
Lobel, Arnold
Mayer, Mercer
Noble, Trinka Hakes (the Jimmy's Boa books)
Numeroff, Laura Joffe
Dr. Seuss  (Theodor Geisel)
Zolotow, Charlotte


For Young Adults

Blume, Judy
Cleary, Beverly
Danziger, Paula
Klein, Norma
Wilder, Laura Ingalls (the Little House books)

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Further Readings

Journal Articles

Atwell, Margaret A. (1985) "Predictable Books for Adolescent Readers." Journal of Reading, 29(1) : 18-22.

Gilles, Carol. (2000). "'Mem's the Word': Examining the Writing of Mem Fox." Language Arts, 77(3): 250-257.

Heald-Taylor, Gail. (1987) "Predictable Literature Selections and Activities for Language Arts Instruction." Reading Teacher, 41(1): 6-12.

Johnston, Francine R. (1998) "The Reader, the Text, and the Task: Learning Words in First Grade." Reading Teacher, 51(8): 666-675.

King, J. Freeman. (1998) "Knowing Where to Go...Sometimes Helps in Getting There: Using Predictable Books With Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children." Perspectives in Education and Deafness, 16(1): 9-10.

Mefferd, Peggy E. and Barbara S.Pettegrew. (1997) "Fostering Literacy Acquisition of Students with Developmental Disabilities: Assisted Reading with Predictable Trade Books." Reading Research and Instruction, 36(3): 177-190.

Meyer, Richard, Prisca Martens, Alan Flurkey, and Risa Udell. (1998) "Complicating Predictability: Textuality, Intertextuality, and Intercontextuality in Beginning Reading and Writing." National Reading Conference Yearbook, 47: 354-365.

Reutzel, D. Ray and Parker C. Fawson. (1989) "Using a Literature Webbing Strategy Lesson With Predictable Books." Reading Teacher, 43(3): 208-215.

Saccardi, Marianne C. (1996) "Predictable Books: Gateways to a Lifetime of Reading (Teaching Reading)." Reading Teacher, 49(7): 588-590.

Saccardi, Marianne C. (1996) "More Predictable Books: Gateways to a Lifetime of Reading." Reading Teacher, 49(8): 668-670.

Watson, Dorothy. (1997) "Beyond Decodable Texts--Supportive and Workable Literature (Talking About Books)." Language Arts, 74(8): 635-643.

 

ERIC Documents

(These documents can be found online from ERIC or on microfiche in the Social Sciences, Health, and Education Library (SSHEL) by ED number.)

Lipson, Marjorie Y. and Karen K. Wixson (1997) Assessment and Instruction of Reading and Writing Disability: An Interactive Approach. Second Edition. ED426075

Sullivan, Barbara S. and William C. Martin (1994) Enhancing Beginning Readers' Performance with Predictable Materials. ED387783

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