The study can’t say whether or how specific book formats might directly impact kids’ social, emotional or cognitive development. It also wasn’t designed to determine whether different formats influence how easily or quickly children later learn to read.
One benefit of reading to kids is the “back and forth” dialog that can happen while parents are sharing a story with young children and help put the story in the context of the child’s life experiences, said Dr. Suzy Tomopoulos of the department of pediatrics at New York University School of Medicine, in an email.
“For example, if the book is about a trip to the zoo, the parent can talk about their last trip to the zoo and the animals they saw,” said Tomopoulos, who co-authored an editorial published with the study.
“Shared book reading with print books has been well studied and has been found to help child development, language, and social skills,” Tomopoulos added. “One of the main problems with screens is that they interfere with these high quality parent-child interactions that would otherwise take place.”
This story was originally published by Reuters, as written by Lisa Rapaport.
Source: Pediatrics online.
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