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

Tura, F. ORCID: 0000-0002-6683-2438, Wood, C. ORCID: 0000-0003-1492-6501, Thompson, R. ORCID: 0000-0003-4220-3730 and Lushey, C. ORCID: 0000-0003-1839-8611, 2021. Evaluating the impact of book gifting on the reading behaviours of parents on young children. Early Years. ISSN 0957-5146

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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 in order to positively influence home literacy environments.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Early Years
Creators: Tura, F., Wood, C., Thompson, R. and Lushey, C.
Publisher: Routledge
Date: 11 April 2021
ISSN: 0957-5146
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 24 Mar 2021 11:15
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2022 03:00
URI: https://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/42572

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