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Parent-Child Shared Book Reading: Quality versus Quantity of Reading Interactions between Parents and Young Children

Danielle Z. Kassow, Ph.D

The home literacy environment has an important role in young children’s emerging literacy and social-emotional development. An emphasis has been placed on storybook reading at home. However, it has been unclear how often (quantity) storybook reading should occur or how parents should interact (quality) with a young child while reading together. Results reveal the role that both characteristics (quantity and quality) play in young children’s (emerging) literacy development and the parent-child relationship.

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