Toddlers engage more with print books than tablets – study

According to a recent study published in the journal Pediatrics, toddlers interact more with their parents when they read print books rather than electronic versions.

Dr Tiffany Munzer, a fellow in development behavioral pediatrics at the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, and her colleagues studied 37 pairs of parents and their toddlers. Each pair was videotaped in a lab reading three different stories with a five-minute reading time limit. There were three book formats in total: an electronic tablet with enhanced visual and sound effects, an electronic tablet without enhanced effects and a print book with illustrations.

The number and types of interactions the families shared, such as parents asking toddlers questions, telling them what they are seeing on the page, and encouraging them to point out objects during the storytelling, were then counted.

It was found that parents had the most engagement with their toddlers in storytelling when they read print books.

The full study may be accessed here.