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Recommended Books on Literacy

and Children

Giving Our Children a Fighting Chance: Poverty, Literacy and the Development of Information Capital

Authors: Susan B. Neuman and Donna C. Celano 

Giving Our Children a Fighting Chance offers a compelling, eye-opening portrait of two communities in Philadelphia with drastically different economic resources. Over the course of their 10-year investigation—from 1998 to 2009—authors Susan Neuman and Donna Celano came to understand that this disparity between affluence and poverty has created a knowledge gap—far more important than mere achievement scores—with serious implications for students' economic prosperity and social mobility. At the heart of this knowledge gap is the limited ability of students from poor communities to develop information capital (Synopsis provided by the author/publisher).