Early literacy skills have an impact on the academic success of the child in the following years. Activities such as reading picture storybooks, reading poems and singing are effective in the development of children's early literacy skills. Environmental opportunities that support early literacy skills are mostly provided by parents formally in educational institutions and informally in daily life. The aim of this study is to examine the views of parents who have children in the preschool period about choosing and reading a story book for their children. The phenomenology approach, one of the qualitative research techniques, was used in the study. The study group of the research consists of 151 parents whose children attend a pre-school education institution in Aksaray and agree to participate in the research. “Parental Demographic Information Form” and “Parent Interview Form” were used as data collection tools.. The obtained data were evaluated by calculating their frequencies and percentages and presented in tables. Most of the parents stated that their children have their own books. In addition, parents stated that they mostly buy a book for their children once a month, and they pay attention to the age appropriateness and the content of the book most when buying a storybook for their children. However, parents stated that they mostly bought educational storybooks for their children. According to another result of the study, it was determined that more mothers than parents read a book to their children for 10-20 minutes once a week or once a week. In addition, all of the parents reported that they talked to their children about the book and the pictures in the book, showed the words and pictures in the story with their fingers, and asked their children questions about the story after reading the book. In addition, it was determined that the majority of parents had their children repeat the story, associate the events in the story with the child's life, asked their children questions about the story, and changed their voices in accordance with the characters. In line with these results, suggestions were made for future studies.
Choosing a storybook, reading a storybook, parental views.