Date

6-2011

Degree Name

BS in Child Development

Department

Psychology and Child Development Department

Advisor(s)

Jennifer Jipson

Abstract

Interactions during shared reading activities between parent and child have been shown to benefit a child’s expressive vocabulary, receptive vocabulary, and literacy development. Research has identified a number of variables that influence the quality, frequency, and type of interactions that occur during shared reading. Using this research, I have written and illustrated a children’s book that accounts for these variables. The result is a 56 page, hard-covered book that reads from both directions. One direction prompts children to provide their own answer to why animals are the way they are, while the other direction offers the leading theories from scientists about certain animals’ unique features. Pilot testing was conducted an analyzed to determine if it is possible to enhance the frequency of interaction through book design.

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