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This new study from University of Michigan's C.S. Mott Children's Hospital and involving 37 parent/toddler pairs, found that adults and children interacted with one another less with e-books than with print books. The research was published in the journal Pediatrics, from the American Academy of Pediatrics, and has gotten a lot of media attention, including Perri Klass' article in the New York Times.
I guess you could file this study under D for "Duh!" but it can't be said enough times. Picture books are the very best way for an adult to have an interesting conversation with a toddler.
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Imagine That! How Dr. Seuss Wrote 'The Cat in the Hat"
(Random House, 2017). Illustrated by Kevin Hawkes.
*Starred reviews from Publishers' Weekly and Kirkus.
The Great Dictionary Caper, illustrated by Eric Comstock (Paula Wiseman Books, Simon & Schuster, 2018)
**Starred reviews from Publishers' Weekly, Kirkus, and Booklist.
Wild About Books, illustrated by Marc Brown. (Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2004). New York Times Bestseller, ALA Notable Book, and winner of the E.B. White Read-Aloud Award.