Children’s choices; A comparison of book preferences between Hispanic and non-Hispanic first graders
This report describes a study of book preferences among 190 first graders. Students were exposed to nine different, high-quality, picture books of various genres (including multicultural texts) and asked to select one to own. A mixed subgroup of students had the texts read to them during read aloud sessions, but the majority made selections based on surface-level text structures. Results indicate that Hispanic and non-Hispanic students were more alike than different in their preferences. An overwhelming majority selected informational, rather than narrative books. This finding counters notions that young readers prefer stories and desire books that mirror them in culturally pertinent ways.
Mohr, K. A. J. (2003). Children’s choices; A comparison of book preferences between Hispanic and non-Hispanic first graders. Reading Psychology 24(2), 163-176.