Relationship Between Age of Onset and Frequency of Reading and Infants’ and Toddlers’ Early Language and Literacy Development


The effects of age and frequency of reading to infants and toddlers on their early literacy and language development was examined in a meta-analysis of 11 studies that included 4,020 participants. The average age of onset of adult reading to the infants and toddlers was 22 months. Variations in both age of onset and frequency of reading were related to varia- tions in the study outcomes and predicted differences in literacy and language development some 36 months after read- ing was first begun. Both the shortcomings and the implications of the findings for research and practice are described.

Source: Center for Early Literacy Learning

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