Literacy interest, home literacy environment and emergent literacy skills in preschoolers

Julia Carroll, Andrew Holliman, Francesca Weir, Alison Baroody

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Purpose: Children’s literacy interest is positively associated with their literacy attainments. However, interest in literacy activities, particularly for younger children, is likely influenced by their home literacy environment (HLE), which may also be bound up with socio-economic factors, such as parental education levels.
Method: In the present study, we examine whether literacy interest, HLE and socioeconomic status (SES) make independent contributions to emergent literacy skills. Fifty-five preschoolers aged 4 to 5 years completed a self-report measure of interest in literacy and three emergent literacy tasks. The parents provided information on SES and HLE.
Results: Children’s literacy interest explained nearly 25% of the variance in emergent literacy skills after controlling for HLE and SES (which also made significant contributions).
Conclusions: The findings underscore the importance of literacy interest, independent of HLE and SES, and highlight the role that children themselves play in choosing their literacy environments.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)150-161
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Research in Reading
Issue number1
Early online date10 Oct 2018
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2019

Bibliographical note

This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Carroll, J, Holliman, A, Weir, F & Baroody, A 2018, 'Literacy interest, home literacy environment and emergent literacy skills in preschoolers' Journal of Research in Reading, vol. (In-Press), pp. (In-Press), which has been published in final form at
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  • SES
  • emergent literacy
  • home and community
  • literacy interest
  • reading motivation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Psychology (miscellaneous)


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