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"WWC Intervention Report: Shared Book Reading"

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While parent-child reading sessions are at the core of innumerable city and state literacy programs, a report by the federal What Works Clearinghouse finds common approaches show mixed results.

During shared book reading, an adult generally attempts to engage a child or children by pointing to illustrations, discussing word meanings or the sequence of events, and other approaches.

In an analysis of six studies, covering 791 children ages 3 to 6 in 10 locations, federal researchers found mixed effects of shared book reading on comprehension and language development for preschool children. No effects were found for alphabet recognition or general reading achievement.

Vol. 34, Issue 28, Page 5

Published in Print: April 22, 2015, as Early-Childhood Education
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