In this section we have gathered some research we’ve used to inform our work at Read to Me!


Early Literacy Programs in Canada

Early Childhood Literacy Programs in Canada: A National Survey – This survey was conducted by Dalhousie University’s School of Information Management and the Read to Me! Program to gather information on early childhood literacy programs across Canada. Click on the links to download the Executive Summary or the National Survey of Early Literacy Programs in Canada – The Full Report

Emergent Literacy Skills are the Foundation of Reading and Writing:

Stephanie Veldhuijzen van Zanten, Chrystal Coates, Marilou Hervas-Malo, Patrick J McGrath  Newborn literacy program effective in increasing maternal engagement in literacy activities: an observational cohort study (2012) BMC Pediatrics 2012, 12:100 doi:10.1186/1471-2431-12-100.

Newborns Learn Through Relationships:

National Scientific Council on the Developing Child (2004). Young Children Develop in an Environment of Relationships: Working Paper No. 1.

Reading with Infants Relates to Later Language Development: 

Karras, J. & Braungart-Rieker, J. (2005). Effects of shared parent-infant book reading on early language acquisition. Applied Developmental Psychology, 26, 133-148.

Reading Contributes to Bonding and Attachment:

Halfon N, Shulman E and Hochstein M. Brain Development in Early Childhood, in N Halfon, E Shulman and M Hochstein, eds., Building Community Systems for Young Children, UCLA Center for Healthier Children, Families and Communities, 2001.

Babies Need To Hear Language to Learn Language:

Early Literacy From (2003)

Importance of Reading Books to Young Children:

David K. Dickinson, Julie A. Griffith, Roberta Michnick Golinkoff, and Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, “How Reading Books Fosters Language Development around the World,” Child Development Research, vol. 2012, Article ID 602807, 15 pages, 2012. doi:10.1155/2012/602807

Reading enhances language & literacy outcomes by giving children emergent literacy skills:

High, P., LaGasse, L., Becker, S., Ahlgren, L., & Gardner, A. (2000). Literacy Promotion in Primary Care Pediatrics: Can We Make a Difference?
Pediatrics 2000; 105 (4), 927-933.

Emergent Literacy Skills are the Foundation of Reading and Writing:

Raikes, Helen ; Pan, Barbara Alexander; Luze, Gayle; Tamis-LeMonda, Catherine S.; Brooks-Gunn, Jeanne; Constantine, Jill; Tarullo, Louisa Banks; Raikes, H. Abigail; and Rodriguez, Eileen T., “Mother–Child Bookreading in Low-Income Families: Correlates and Outcomes During the First Three Years of Life” (2006).Faculty Publications, Department of Child, Youth, and Family Studies. Paper 39.

Overview of the Science of Early Childhood Development:

National Research Council and Institute of Medicine (2000) From Neurons to Neighborhoods: The Science of Early Childhood Development. Committee on Integrating the Science of Early Childhood Development. Jack P. Shonkoff and Deborah A. Phillips, eds. Board on Children, Youth, and Families, Commission on Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education. Washington, D.C.: National Academy Press.


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