Reading Fever: Why Phonics must come first

Once upon a time I wished to write a book called Reading Fever. The title alluded to the little earthquake of excitement that seizes children along with the insight that print consists of speech written down in a coded sequence of letters – and who then begin to read any and all print that swims into their ken: household packaging, street signs, newsprint. This phase may be observed in children at any age and is an encouraging sign of a happy breakthrough.


Tom Burkard, Martin Turner - Saturday, 26th October, 1996