Honors Senior Theses/Projects

Date of Award

Spring 2021

Exit Requirement

Undergraduate Honors Thesis/Project


Honors Program

Faculty Advisor

Dr. Marie LeJeune

Honors Program Director

Dr. Gavin Keulks


This project looks at how many people are actually reading with their children outside of school and deeply assesses the benefits that reading brings to a child’s life that carry into adulthood. Durham’s Partnership for Children (2016) conducted a study that shows only 46% of parents are reading with their child every day at home. More than half of families are not receiving the benefits of reading with their child that include decreases in behavioral outbursts, increases in fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. Researchers have done many in depth studies that isolate and look for specific variables that show the benefits of reading, such as brain scans while viewing books or animations, or measuring the amount of words children know by the time they get to kindergarten, or analysing how intervention with good reading and parenting practices helps children thrive in the aforementioned areas. This project synthesized information from multiple sources and research projects into a brochure for parents to gain a more holistic view of the benefits of reading at home with their children. Taking multiple research papers and translating them from scientific language into everyday language helps parents to quickly read and understand the plethora of benefits their child would receive from being read to and with throughout their adolescence.