A1 Journal article (refereed)
Parents’ Experiences on a Family Literacy Program in Finland (2023)

Aerila, J.-A., Kauppinen, M., & Siipola, M. (2023). Parents’ Experiences on a Family Literacy Program in Finland. European Journal of Education and Pedagogy, 4(6), 10-16. https://doi.org/10.24018/ejedu.2023.4.6.762

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Publication details

All authors or editorsAerila, Juli-Anna; Kauppinen, Merja; Siipola, Mari

Journal or seriesEuropean Journal of Education and Pedagogy



Publication year2023

Publication date08/11/2023


Issue number6

Pages range10-16

PublisherEuropean Open Science Publishing

Publication countryUnited Kingdom

Publication languageEnglish


Publication open accessOpenly available

Publication channel open accessOpen Access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX)https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/92142


In this article, we investigate a family literacy program called Bedtime Story Shelf, which is an application of lending libraries. In Bedtime Story Shelf-program the families are loaning books from ECE centers and schools to homes. In the study, we present parents’ prior (N = 122) on this program and its relation to families’ prior literacy practises. According to the results, almost all the families took advantage of the Bedtime Story Shelf-activity. However, about half of the families loaned books from the shelf more often. These families also evaluated the activity as more meaningful. They felt that loaning libraries enabled them to expand their knowledge of children’s books and made the children more active in family literacy events. These positive effects did not depend on the prior literacy practises of the family. This means that if we get the families involved in family literacy programs of ECEs and schools, they will find them beneficial. According to the study, one of the key objectives would be motivating the children and involving the parents. Furthermore, the educators should be active and flexible in their attempts to involve all the families.

Keywordsliteracyreadingfamilieslibrariesmotivation (activity)participation

Free keywordsfamily literacy; family literacy programs; literacy engagement; loaning library

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Ministry reportingYes

Reporting Year2023

Preliminary JUFO rating1

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