Promoting Social–Emotional Learning Through Shared Book Reading in Urban Preschoolers

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 3,4
  • Skill Level: Introduction
  • Session 2: Promoting Social and Emotional Development

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. understand the benefits of using shared book reading to target both social–emotional and academic growth in high-needs schools.
  2. gain knowledge in implementation of a low-resource, positive impact manualized book reading intervention.
  3. learn additional research tools in appropriate literacy and SEL outcome measures.


The present study examined the effect of a manualized social–emotional learning (SEL) shared-book reading intervention using a randomized control design. The intervention was implemented multiple times per week for 8 weeks within 10 Head Start classrooms comprised of 170 Head Start students. Various early literacy and SEL outcome measures were used to assess effects of the SEL intervention. One-way analysis of covariance and planned orthogonal post-hoc testing found significance for two intervention group variations.



Zachary A. Bella, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Karen C. Stoiber, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee


Glenna Gransee, Rachael Koppel, MS


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