Bookstart: About an early start with books

Bookstart is a nation-wide programme aiming at an early start of rhyming, story telling and book reading. Parents of baby’s (aged between 4 to 14 months) receive a BookStart case including a baby book, CD-rom with songs and flyers explaining how vital book sharing is.

Additionally, parents have free access to baby books in the local library and have the option to participate in parent meetings about book sharing organized by the library. A longitudinal quasi-experimental design is used to examine whether BookStart enhances home literacy activities and language development. Also tested is whether the project works the same for all children. It is possible that especially children with problematic behaviour benefit most from the intervention.


Video interview

The first results of the programme are described in this video interview:

Staff

Key publications

  • Berg, H. van den, & Bus, A. G. (2012, December). Goed bezig? Over nut en noodzaak van evaluatie-onderzoek: Evaluatie van het BoekStart project. Presentation.

  • Berg, H. van den, & Bus, A. G. (2012, November). Infants with high scores on negative emotionality benefit most from BookStart. Paper to be presented on the ISED (Institute for the Study of Education and Human Development) Research Days, Utrecht, the Netherlands. 

  • Berg, H. van den, & Bus, A. G. (2012, November). Effecten van BoekStart. Presentation at the Stichting Lezen'' conference, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

  • Berg, H. van den, & Bus, A. G. (2012, October). Effecten van BoekStart. Presentation 'Sectorinstituut Openbare Bibliotheken', Den Haag, the Netherands.

  • Berg, H. van den, & Bus, A. G. (2012, September). Interview by Pjotr van Lenteren (de Volkskrant) about over BoekStart resultaten. Amsterdam RAI, the Netherlands.

  • Berg, H. van den, & Bus, A. G. (2012, August). An Evaluation of a Dutch Nationwide Reading Intervention in Families with Babies. Paper presentation during Summerschool, Egmond aan Zee, Netherlands.

  • Berg, H. van den, & Bus, A. G. (2012, July). Infants with high scores on negative emotionality benefit most from BookStart. Poster presentation during Junior Researchers of Earli (JURE), Regensburg, Germany. 

  • Berg, H. van den, & Bus, A. G. (2012, March). Effecten van Boekstart in een groep 4- tot 14-maanden oude kinderen. Presentation for 'Stichting Lezen', Amsterdam, the Netherlands. 

Funding

The research is funded by Kunst van Lezen in which Stichting Lezen and Sectorinstituut Openbare Bibliotheken (SIOB) collaborate, and OCW.

Last Modified: 05-01-2016