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This book of five chapters, an appendix and an index is a discussion of the factors influencing reading readiness, how to foster them, test for them and handle children who lack them. It combats vigorously the assumption that if a child does not read at the time reading is introduced, he is either stupid or lazy or perhaps cannot see or hear.
The essential values of the book are contained within the first hundred pages, wherein are discussed the factors influencing reading readiness, instruction fostering reading readiness and a testing program for reading readiness. Each chapter contains a terminal summary of the discussion. Following a short introduction, the second chapter, dealing with factors influencing reading readiness, largely combats the prevalent idea that all children are ready for reading at the chronologic age of 6 years. The author maintains that the child should not progress from kindergarten to the first grade