Early Childhood Education Journal

, Volume 33, Issue 5, pp 317–323 | Cite as

Nurturing Emergent Readers Through Readers Theater

  • Kelli Jo Kerry Moran


Readers theater is a familiar literacy strategy for children who can read independently; however, it can also be used with younger children who have not yet developed independent reading skills. The purpose of this article is to adapt the concept of readers theater for use with emergent readers. It focuses first on defining readers theater and its many benefits, particularly in the areas of literacy development. Finally, it includes suggestions for successfully implementing a readers theater program with young children.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Professional Studies in Education DepartmentIndiana University of PennsylvaniaIndianaUSA
  2. 2.Professional Studies in Education DepartmentIndiana University of PennsylvaniaIndianaUSA

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