In a nutshell, two recent studies were referenced in the article and they found that print readers scored significantly better in plot reconstruction and reading comprehension than those who read on a device or computer. It’s interesting information to ponder. To be sure, more research will follow to see if these findings will hold true, especially as the mainstream population shifts their reading habits. In the meantime, I feel affirmed about the tactile advantages of books. I hope that teachers and parents will continue to find balance in reading formats for children and I hope that parents will continue to share special times close to their children with shared print books. I’m off to grab a cup of tea and snuggle in with a book of my own now. Happy reading!
-Julie Hunt, Teacher Librarian: West Bay Elementary School/Westcot Elementary School