Book Review: The Daily 5 – Fostering Literacy Independence in the Elementary Grades

By:  Lia Candido

Title:The Daily 5 – Fostering Literacy Independence in the Elementary Grades

Author: Gail Boushey and Joan Moser “the sisters”

ISBN:   9 781571 104298

Publisher:Stenhouse Publishers (Portland Maine)

Purchased at:   online (

Rationale For Purchase:  The Daily 5 is becoming a common practice in Durham elementary classrooms.  Reading this book will help Durham OTs keep up with new literacy practices.

The Daily 5 book teaches you how to implement this literacy program into your classroom.  The book is divided into 2 main parts:  the basics of the program and then putting it into action.  Once you read the book you will have a very good understanding of how to put this program into place in your classroom.

The Daily 5 (Read to Self; Read to Someone; Work on Writing; Word Work; Listen to Reading) operates as stations in the classroom that students rotate to. In between their time at these stations the teacher calls the class together for mini-lessons literacy related.

The book provides you with sample lessons to use.

The authors (“the two sisters”) state that this program also minimizes the amount of time teachers spend marking and disciplining students and, instead, allows them to focus on their students’ progress.

This book can be extremely useful in helping to set up an elementary literacy program.

Further Related Reading:The CAFÉ Book Gail Boushey and Joan Moser (on daily literacy assessment)