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Early Childhood Education

Curriculum Resource Handbook: A Practical Guide for Teaching Early Childhood Education (Kraus International Publications, 358 Saw Mill River Rd., Millwood, N.Y. 10546-1035; 420 pp., $19.95 paper). Provides basic background information on the early-childhood curriculum and current data on publications, standards, and special materials for students in grades K-3.

Head Start and Beyond: A National Plan for Extended Childhood Intervention, ed. by Edward Zigler & Sally J. Styfco (Yale University Press, 92A Yale Station, New Haven, Conn. 06520; 155 pp., $20 cloth). Mr. Zigler, one of the architects of Head Start, calls for combining that program with two other government-funded early-childhood programs, Chapter 1 and Follow Through, which he says would result in more coordinated and cost-effective services for preschool and early-elementary-grade students.

Education Policy

Getting on Board: The Private Sector and Learning Readiness, by Constance Koprowicz & John Myers. (National Conference of State Legislatures, 1560 Broadway, Ste. 700, Denver, Colo. 80202; 15 pp., $10 paper). Examines exemplary business-school partnerships and describes state legislative activities that support increased private-sector involvement in learning readiness.

Immigration and Education: The Crisis and the Opportunities, by David W. Stewart (Lexington Books, 866 Third Ave., New York, N.Y. 10022; 275 pp., $35 cloth). Examines the educational needs of refugees and illegal immigrants within the context of broader issues that surround these groups, such as bilingual and multicultural education, the "official English'' movement, and the allocation of resources between immigrants and U.S. citizens.

The Kentucky Education Reform: Lessons for America, by Betty E. Steffy (Technomic Publishing, 851 New Holland Ave., P.O. Box 3535, Lancaster, Pa. 17604; 319 pp., $35 cloth). Written by a former state deputy superintendent of instruction, this review of the massive reform plan undertaken in Kentucky probes both the conceptual bases for reforms and practical aspects affecting their implementation.

Reading and Literacy

Adolescent Literacy, 2nd ed., ed. by Judith Davidson & David Koppenhaver (Garland Publishing, 717 Fifth Ave., Ste. 2500, New York, N.Y. 10022; 326 pp., $55 cloth, $18.95 paper). Contains up-to-date research on reading instruction and the social and developmental contexts of the teenage learner, especially disadvantaged students.

Genre Favorites for Young Adults, ed. by Sally Estes (American Library Association, 50 E. Huron St., Chicago, Ill. 60611; 64 pp., $7.15 paper). A compilation of popular young-adult bibliographies designed to appeal to a variety of tastes and maturity levels, including categories such as humor, romance, mysteries, science fiction, and short stories.

The Newbery and Caldecott Awards: A Guide to the Medal and Honor Books, 1993 ed., (American Library Association, 50 E. Huron St., Chicago, Ill. 60611; 152 pp., $13 paper). Features annotated descriptions of winning titles since the inception of the awards in 1922 and 1938 respectively.

The Whole Language Catalog Supplement on Authentic Assessment, by Kenneth S. Goodman, Lois Bridges Bird, & Yetta M. Goodman (S.R.A. School Group, 1221 Farmers Lane, Ste. C, Santa Rosa, Calif. 95405; 190 pp., $27.95 paper). For teachers, administrators, parents, and learners, this supplement to the popular catalog answers questions about "authentic assessment,'' giving information, for example, on evaluation tools, documentation of learning, and self-evaluation.

Special Education

Choosing Options and Accommodations for Children: A Guide to Planning Inclusive Education, by Michael F. Giangreco, Chigee J. Cloninger, & Virginia Salce Iverson (Paul H. Brooks Publishing, P.O. Box 10624, Baltimore, Md. 21285-0624; 189 pp., $29 paper). Guidebook for special educators, administrators, and parents; contains advice for incorporating special-education teaching needs into a general-education setting, along with such aids as available-for-copy forms, self-monitoring and peer-coaching forms, and sample applications of the COACH system.

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