This book by Dr Marie Clay provides for the systematic observation of young children's responses to classroom reading and writing in the first years of school. It is for classroom teachers who want to be careful observers of young children learning to read and write. Observation Survey will help teachers to monitor the progress of children in any kind of beginning literacy programme. It is for teachers who work individually with children having temporary difficulties with literacy learning. It is for administrators who require teachers to give them easy-to-read accounts of individual progress made by children between two points in time. It is for students who are training themselves to become observers of emerging literacy behaviours. It is for researchers probing how young children learn about literacy. The observation procedures arose from a theory of how children learn to manage the complex task of reading continuous text described in Clay's books Becoming Literate: The Construction of Inner Control (1991) and Change Over Time in Children's Literacy Development (2001). The intervention described in Literacy Lessons Designed for Individuals (2005) also uses these observation procedures.