Mothers' storybook reading and kindergartners' socioemotional and literacy development

Dorit Aram*, Sigalit Aviram

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Abstract

This study assessed storybook reading at home with reference to kindergartners' empathy, socioemotional adjustment, language, and alphabetic skills. Beyond considering the frequency of storybook reading, measures included maternal expertise in choosing books. Findings indicated various relations between aspects of storybook reading and early development. Frequency of storybook reading was related to the child's language ability, whereas maternal expertise in choosing books was related to the child's empathy and socioemotional adjustment. These results suggest the need for further study of differential connections between shared reading and child development.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)175-194
Number of pages20
JournalReading Psychology
Volume30
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2009

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