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Books, read-alouds, and voluntary book interactions: What do we know about centers serving three-year-olds?

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This study examined the quality of books, the quality of read-alouds, and children’s voluntary interactions with books in childcare centers serving low-income 3-year-olds (N = 30). Although a large percentage of centers had book areas, the features of book areas differed. The highest percentage of books was highly recommended and appropriate (39%) but about 14% was completely inappropriate. Childcare personnel managed read-alouds well and involved children. The bulk of naturally occurring talk focused on reviewing story content (39.78%) with management/task organization following (27%). Three-year-olds did not voluntary interact with books at very high levels. Comparisons of the findings to existing studies suggest trends. (author abstract)
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Reports & Papers
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United States

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