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Date of Award


Culminating Project Type




Degree Name

Child and Family Studies: Family Studies: M.S.


Child and Family Studies


School of Education

First Advisor

JoAnn Johnson

Second Advisor

Brittany Sullivan

Third Advisor

Jenny Hill

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This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Keywords and Subject Headings

Read- Aloud



There is a lack of current research regarding the reasoning behind why preschool teachers are choosing their literature for whole group read-alouds. The primary purpose of this study is to identify why teachers are choosing their literature and what, if any, activities were conducted in addition to reading the story. The research was conducted using 5 Minnesota School Readiness Programs. A survey was electronically distributed to forty-five preschool teachers and 8 surveys were returned. Results of this study indicated over half the participants chose read-alouds to correspond with an overall classroom theme. An overwhelming 94% of surveys indicated that an activity was performed in conjunction with the read-aloud.



It is a pleasure to thank those who made this thesis possible and to whom I am truly grateful for.

I owe my deepest gratitude to my husband, Jon, for always ‘leaving the light on for me’, my oldest son, Landon, who kept me company by sitting next to me as we dido homework together, my youngest son, Kolton, for keeping balance in my life, and most importantly, to my twins, Easton and Addley, for guiding me from heaven. I started this program before you were born; now I finish it in your honor. You have taught me so much in your short time here on earth, so I cherish your memory always.

To my college advisors JJ and Brittany: Thank you for being there to answer questions, talk about early childhood, or just talk about life. Your compassion and knowledge shine through, and I am grateful our paths crossed.