Parents' involvement in their young children's early reading development is reported to be an important prerequisite to school success. Much of the research on parents' contribution to early literacy development has focused on mother-child interaction. Less is known about the role of fathers. Fathers, however, report that they want to be involved with their children's literacy development when given opportunities to do things they feel are interesting and capable of doing. Studies indicate that fathers' involvement with early literacy activities range from reading recreation-related materials to assisting their children with school assignments. This paper provides background information concerning research into fathers' involvement in early literacy development and offers various suggestions on encouraging fathers to become involved with their children's early literacy activities.
Ortiz, R. W., & McCarty, L. L. (1997). "Daddy, Read to Me": Fathers Helping Their Young Children Learn to Read. Reading Horizons, 38 (2). Retrieved from http://scholarworks.wmich.edu/reading_horizons/vol38/iss2/3