Michigan Medicine 3/25/19
Picking what book to read isn’t the only choice families now make at story time – they must also decide between the print or electronic version.
But traditional print books may have an edge over e-books when it comes to quality time shared between parents and their children, a new study suggests.
The research, led by University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and involving 37 parent-toddler pairs, found that parents and children verbalized and interacted less with e-books than with print books. The findings appear in journal Pediatrics, which is published by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
“Reading together is not only a cherished family ritual in many homes but one of the most important developmental activities parents can engage in with their children,” says senior author Jenny Radesky, M.D., developmental behavioral pediatrician at Mott.
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