Reading Aloud with Infants: The Controversy, the Myth, and a Case Study

Holland, Jeanne
February 2008
Early Childhood Education Journal;Feb2008, Vol. 35 Issue 4, p383
Academic Journal
Reading aloud to infants continues to be the focus of controversy between educators, researchers, and health care professionals. This article will provide insight into what research says about reading aloud to infants as well as the results of a case study of a six-month-old infant who has been read aloud to in utero to the present time. The results of this case study confirm that parents and caregivers reading aloud to infants is necessary in developing literacy skills that are paramount to book awareness, print awareness, vocabulary development, fluency, and comprehension, all of which are stepping stones to learning to read and write.


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