Picture Books for Toddlers – Electronic or Print?

Picture Books for Toddlers – Electronic or Print?

Picture Books for Toddlers – Electronic or Print?

Date posted: August 18, 2017

New research from Canada examined whether reading a picture book in print or electronic format makes a difference to the language and reading behaviours of parents and toddlers. The results may surprise you.

“In this study, we report differences in parent and child behavior and language when reading print versus electronic versions of the same books, and investigate links between behavior and vocabulary learning. Parents of 102 toddlers aged 17–26 months were randomly assigned to read two commercially available electronic books or two print format books with identical content with their toddler. After reading, children were asked to identify an animal labeled in one of the books in both two-dimensional (pictures) and three-dimensional (replica objects) formats. Toddlers who were read the electronic books paid more attention, made themselves more available for reading, displayed more positive affect, participated in more page turns, and produced more content-related comments during reading than those who were read the print versions of the books. Toddlers also correctly identified a novel animal labeled in the book more often when they had read the electronic than the traditional print books. Availability for reading and attention to the book acted as mediators in predicting children’s animal choice at test, suggesting that electronic books supported children’s learning by way of increasing their engagement and attention.”

Click here to read the research article, Parent–Toddler Behavior and Language Differ When Reading Electronic and Print Picture Books.

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