Yaowaluk Suwannakhae


The purpose of this descriptive research design was to observe the interactive reading behaviors of Asian immigrant parents and their preschool-aged children. The Adult-Child Interactive Reading Inventory (DeBruin-Parecki, 2007) was employed for data collection. Twenty five parent-child dyads voluntarily participated in the video recorded observation of interactive reading sessions. Parent and child behaviors evident in video recordings of shared reading sessions provided findings that revealed for both adults and children, as measured by the Adult-Child Interactive Reading Inventory (ACIRI), the highest means scores were in the category “Enhancing Attention to Text”, while the lowest mean scores were in the category” Using Literacy Strategies”. In terms of the relationships between parental reading behavior categories and child behavior categories, the findings demonstrated that the relationships between parental reading behavior categories and child behavior categories were found to be significantly correlated in a positive manner. The results of the study will potentially benefit parents, children, and families by providing child development specialists and early childhood educators with information about the home literacy environments and literacy support activities of Asian immigrant families.


Family literacy, Parental-child reading activities, Asian immigrant families

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