By Ken Goodman. Copyright 1986, 2005.

With more than 250,000 copies in print around the world, What's Whole in Whole Language is now back in print in this updated 20th anniversary edition, which includes a new afterword by the author.

This book contributed to a grassroots movement that has united students, parents, and teachers. Whole language is now a vital part of the curriculum in schools spread across the Americas, Asia, Australia, Europe, and Africa.

The success of whole language has made author Ken Goodman a sought-after speaker at educational conferences around the world. "Everything I know," he says, "I've learned from kids."

The books major purpose is to describe the essence of the whole language movement - its basis, its features, and its future. More specifically it will:

  • describe what we know about language and language development;
  • present a whole language perspective on literacy development, both reading and writing;
  • provide criteria that parents and teachers can use in helping children to develop literacy;
  • mention examples of whole language programs that are already at work; and
  • suggest directions for building whole language programs and transforming existing programs into whole language programs.