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Updated Edition of Bestseller

Building the Young Reader's Brain, Birth Through Age 8

Third Edition
By: Pamela Nevills

Learn how to develop children’s capacity and will to read. Building the Young Reader's Brain is practical, eye-opening, and exactly what you need to engage young learners, plan lessons, partner with parents, and align your classrooms to the science of learning and reading.

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Product Details
  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781071888780
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2023
  • Page Count: 304
  • Publication date: July 06, 2023

Price: $39.95



A practical guide to teaching the way a child’s brain learns best

In this update of a bestselling classic, you will learn how to develop children’s capacity and will to read. Each sequential chapter is practical, eye-opening, and exactly what you need to engage young learners, plan lessons, partner with parents, and align your PreK-3 classrooms to the science of learning and the science of reading. Gain the latest insights on:

  • Brain development from birth to age eight, plus the skills to nourish it, age by age and grade by grade
  • What the latest neuroscientific research now says about oral language acquisition
  • The evidence base for practices such as read alouds, inventive spelling, and sustained silent reading
  • Why vocabulary building must happen concurrently with phonological processing, decoding, fluency, spelling, and writing
  • How to artfully combine explicit teaching of skills with playful, multi-sensory routines every day

All aspects of memory are needed to develop successful readers. When we engage children’s brains and build our teaching practices around what we know about how the human brain makes meaning, literacy learning makes more sense for children… and for us.

Key features

  • Sheds light on early childhood cognition and language development from birth to 8
  • Provides guidance for optimal early child instructional design for teachers and care providers
  • Offers brain-friendly strategies for promoting reading readiness and reading beginnings
  • Includes reflective questions at the end of each chapter


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Pamela Nevills

Pamela Nevills is first and foremost a teacher of children and adults. Her passion for teaching includes a full range of educator experiences from teaching in the primary grades, to teaching middle and high school, to being a teacher supervisor and instructor in university undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs. She participates in local, state, and national educational committees in the area of special education. As a two-time member of the instructional textbook selection committee for reading in the state of California, she brings expert knowledge of how children learn to read, and the materials teachers can use to follow the science of reading.

Her passion for the cognitive and neurological aspects of reading stems from interactions with Dr. Pat Wolfe. Nevills is a national and international speaker and consultant on topics that include reading standards according to the Common Core; brain development from infancy to adulthood; all aspects of cognitive, neurological involvement for reading; and school management and design for teaching reading. Writing became a part of Nevills’s work as she published for newsletters, the state of California, the Journal of Staff Development, and Corwin. Her involvement also includes research and studies for church organizations and an advisory board position for preschool.

To contact Pamela Nevills, please email panevills@earthlink.net..

Table of Contents

Table of Contents



About the Author

Chapter 1: Learning From Birth to 2 Years

Chapter 2: Rapid Learning for 2- and 3-Year-Olds

Chapter 3: Preparing for This World at Age 4

Chapter 4: School Routines and Rapid Learning for 4- and 5-Year-Olds

Chapter 5: Preparing for Reading at Ages 4–6

Chapter 6: Teaching for Reading in First Grade

Chapter 7: Second-Grade Readers

Chapter 8: Transition Time for Third-Grade Readers

Chapter 9: Assessing and Responding to Readers With Disabilities

Chapter 10: Teachers and Students as Learning Partners

Chapter 11: Conclusion: A Dozen Key Learnings

Appendix A: Continuum of Developmental Benchmarks: Birth to Age 5

Appendix B: Cognitive Skills for Learning

Appendix C: Quick Reference Guide for Memory Systems


References and Resources



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