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Many students lack early literacy skills because they have not had opportunities to listen to or talk about stories, engage in word play, read with family members, or view literacy behaviors modeled in the home. The Collaborative Storybook Reading Program presents a model for providing interactive reading experiences for at-risk kindergarten students through the use of parent volunteers. The program was designed to increase student interactions with literature, while at the same time increasing the confidence level and literacy skills of the parent-volunteer readers. Program participants demonstrated increased ability to retell stories and participate in whole-class storybook reading sessions.

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