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Evaluating the impact of book gifting on the reading behaviours of parents and young children.

Tura, F., Wood, C., Thompson, R. and Lushey, C., 2021. Evaluating the impact of book gifting on the reading behaviours of parents and young children. Early years: An international research journal. (In Press)

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Abstract

We report an evaluation of a book gifting scheme (the Dolly Parton Imagination Library; DPIL) that targeted families from disadvantaged areas. We considered the impact that length of participation had on children’s interest in literacy-related activities, the frequency of parent–child reading interactions, duration of reading, and whether the parents read with their child daily (N = 286). We also compared these families to a group of non-participating families from the same city (N = 197). We found that families registered with DPIL for a year or more reported higher frequencies of parent–child interactions when reading than the non-DPIL group, and were more likely to read with their children on a daily basis than those registered with DPIL for less than a year. We suggest that book gifting schemes need to be long-term to positively influence home literacy environments.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:Funding This evaluation was funded by Small Steps, Big Changes.
Uncontrolled Keywords:book gifting; home literacy environment; early literacy; parent-child interaction; intervention
Group:Faculty of Health & Social Sciences
ID Code:37441
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:05 Sep 2022 15:19
Last Modified:05 Sep 2022 15:19

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