Print Books Are Better Than Digital for Toddlers

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One more reason to crack open a book - new research in the journal Pediatrics suggests that print books are the best way to go when reading with young children.

The New York Times reported the story & broke down the study…

  • Researchers at the University of Michigan asked 37 parents to read similar stories to their 2- to 3-year-olds in 3 different formats : A print book, a basic electronic book (no bells or whistles) on a tablet and an enhanced electronic book with animation and/or sound effects

  • The interactions were videotaped and coded

  • Researched tracked: The number & kinds of verbalizations by parents and children, the amount of collaborative reading & the general emotional tenor of the interaction

  • Reading print books together generated more of all three items

“A print book is just so good at eliciting these interactions,” said Dr. Tiffany Munzer, a fellow in developmental behavioral pediatrics at the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, who was the first author on the study. “You’re comparing a tablet with the gold standard.”

Click here for the complete article in the New York Times.

Valerie Schimel