Questioning the Universality of Storybook Reading: Examining Diversity in Family Literacy Practices

My UBC doctoral candidate colleague Laura Teichert and I have had a paper we co-wrote in our first year of doctoral studies published in an online open source journal called the Canadian Journal for New Scholars in Education. So I guess that makes us new scholars in education, how wonderful!

In this paper we confront our own extremely positive biases towards the value of reading storybooks/picture books in early childhood and explore a multiplicity of diverse approaches to supporting early literacy that may not include storybook reading. I think we succeed in roundly critiquing the privileged positioning of storybook reading as “the best” way to prepare a child for reading and suggest that family literacy aims can be best supported if other literacy practices are recognized as legitimate ways to support early literacy development.


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