John S. Hutton, MS, MD

Director, Reading & Literacy Discovery Center

Assistant Professor, Division of General and Community Pediatrics
Affiliated Faculty, Every Child Succeeds
Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

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Dr. John S. Hutton, MD MS FAAP is a pediatrician and assistant professor at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and the RLDC.  He graduated with honors from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, received Master’s Degrees from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Operations Research) and the University of Cincinnati (Clinical and Translational Research), an undergraduate degree in mathematics from Davidson College, and completed pediatric residency and a National Research Service Award (NRSA) fellowship at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. He currently serves as “spokes-doctor” for the Read Aloud 15 MINUTES national campaign, and on the national Medical Advisory Board of the Reach Out and Read program.

 

Dr. Hutton’s unique background in reading and literacy include oversight of Blue Manatee Children’s Bookstore, which he has guided for over 20 years and is considered among the best in the nation. He is the author of over 25 children’s books, many with health-promoting themes, including ADHD, reducing screen time, encouraging dialogic and interactive parent-infant reading, infant calming, breastfeeding, and safe sleep, distributed to over 3 million families to date and supporting non-profit groups. He has received numerous awards for his work.

 

Dr. Hutton’s research focus is to better understand the role of home reading environment and interventions on emergent literacy (the skills and attitudes preparing a child for reading), early brain development supporting this process, and screening skills and risk factors in primary care settings. His work is the first to use functional MRI (fMRI) brain mapping to explore effects of home reading environment, parent-child reading behaviors, and animated format on the developing brain prior to kindergarten. His goal is to better frame reading and screen-based media use as critical aspects of cognitive and social-emotional health, especially in underserved populations, and improve outcomes via effective early interventions.

 

Publications (last 5 years): 

Academic Peer-Reviewed

Horowitz-Kraus T and Hutton JS. "Brain connectivity in children is increased by the time they spend reading books and decreased by the length of exposure to screen-based media.” Acta Paediatrica: Nurturing the Child. Accepted for publication. April, 2018.

Hutton, JS, Dudley J, Horowitz-Kraus T, DeWitt T, Holland SK. “Differences in Functional Brain Network Connectivity During Stories Presented in Audio, Illustrated, and Animated Format in Preschool-Age Children.” Brain Imaging and Behavior.  November, 2018.  Platform presentation, Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting, Toronto, Canada.  2018.

Hutton JS, Lin L, Gruber R, Berndsen J, DeWitt T, VanGinkel J, Ammerman R. "Maternal Attitudes and Behaviors Regarding Shared Reading  and Infant TV Viewing During the Perinatal Period.” Clinical Pediatrics October, 2017. Platform presentation, Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting, San Francisco, CA, 2017.

Hutton JS, Huang G, Phelan KJ, DeWitt T, Ittenbach RF.  “Shared reading quality assessment by parental report: preliminary validation of the DialogPR”  BMC Pediatrics. October, 2018.  Poster presentation, Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting, San Francisco, CA, 2017.

Hutton JS, Gupta R, Gruber R, Berndsen J, DeWitt T, VanGinkel J, Ollberding N, Ammerman R. “Randomized Trial of a Children's Book Versus Brochures for Safe Sleep Knowledge and Adherence in a High-Risk Population.”  Academic Pediatrics. November, 2017. Platform presentation, Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting, San Francisco, CA, 2017.

Hutton JS, Phelan K, Horowitz-Kraus T, Dudley J, Altaye M, DeWitt T, Holland, SK.  "Story Time Turbocharger? Child Engagement During Shared Reading and Cerebellar Activation and Connectivity in Preschool-Age Children Listening to Stories.” PLOSOne. May, 2017.

Horowitz-Kraus T, Schmitz R, Hutton JS, Schumacher J.  "How to create a successful reader? Milestones in reading development from birth to adolescence: The contribution of language, cognition, and literacy to reading development."  Acta Paediatrica: Nurturing the Child.  January, 2017.

Hutton JS, Phelan K, DeWitt T, Horowitz-Kraus T, Holland, SK. "Shared Reading Quality and Brain Activation during Story Listening in Preschool-Age Children.” Journal of Pediatrics. December, 2017. Platform presentation, Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting, Baltimore, MD, 2016.

Hutton JS, DeWitt T, Horowitz-Kraus T, Mendelsohn AL, Holland, SK. Association Between Home Reading Environment Domains and an Expanded Emergent Literacy Model: A MRI-based Analysis. In Submission. 2015.

Hutton JS, Horowitz-Kraus T, DeWitt T, Mendelsohn A, Holland SK. “Home Reading Environment and Brain Activation in Preschool Children Listening to Stories.” Pediatrics. September, 2015.  Platform presentation, Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting, San Diego, CA, 2015. 

Horowitz Kraus T and Hutton JS (co-authors).  “From Emergent Literacy to Reading: How Learning to Read Changes a Child's Brain.” Acta Paediatrica.  April, 2015.

Hutton JS.  “Baby Unplugged: A Novel, Market-Based Approach to Reducing Screen Time and Promoting Healthy Alternatives.”  Clinical Pediatrics.  2013 Jan;52(1):62-5.

 

Children’s Books

"Zzzookeeper."  Author John S. Hutton.  Illustrator Doug Cenko.  blue manatee press/Independent Publishers Group, 2018.

“SHARE This Book.” (Parent-infant reading method). Author John S. Hutton.  Illustrator Christina Brown.  blue manatee press/Independent Publishers Group,  2017-19. 

“Fiona’s Friends.” Author John S. Hutton.  Photographs by and benefiting  the Cincinnati Zoo.  blue manatee press/Independent Publishers Group, 2018.

DR Books series (Dialogic Reading): “Dogs!” “Cats!”  “Cows!”  Author John S. Hutton.  Illustrator Doug Cenko.  blue manatee press/Independent Publishers Group,  2017-19. 

“Fiona’s Feelings.” Author John S. Hutton. Photographs by and benefiting the Cincinnati Zoo.  blue manatee press/Independent Publishers Group, 2017.

DR Books series (Dialogic Reading): “Dogs!” blue manatee press/Independent Publishers Group,  2017.  

“ADH-Me!” Author Dr. John S. Hutton. Illustrator Lisa Griffin.  blue manatee press/Independent Publishers Group, 2016.

"Sleepy Solar System."  Author John S. Hutton.  Illustrator Doug Cenko.  blue manatee press/Independent Publishers Group, 2016.

Baby Unplugged series: “Blanket,” “Yard,” “Pets,” “Box,” “Book,” “Beach,” “Ball,” “Blocks,” “Water,” “Play.”  Author Dr. John Hutton.  Illustrator Andrea Kang.  blue manatee press/Independent Publishers Group,  2011-2014.

“Cincinnati: Our City, Our Story.”  Editor/publisher. Written by Louise Borden.  Illustrated by area children.   Benefiting Every Child Succeeds.  blue manatee press/Independent Publishers Group, 2012. 

Love Baby Healthy series: “Sleep Baby, Safe and Snug” (benefiting Charlie’s Kids Foundation), “Calm Baby Gently,” “Eat Baby Healthy,” “Read Baby, Every Day,” “Your Baby Always.” Author Dr. John Hutton. Illustrator Leah Busch. blue manatee press/Independent Publishers Group, 2013-2015.

“Sherm the Germ,” Author Dr. John Hutton.  Illustrator Maria Montag.  blue manatee press/Independent Publishers Group, 2014.

“Sleepy Bee,” Author Dr. John Hutton.  Illustrator Sandra Gross.  blue manatee press/Independent Publishers Group, 2014.

“Your Red Shoes.”  Author Dr. John Hutton. Illustrator, Leah Busch.  blue manatee press/Independent Publishers Group, 2014.

“Tito’s Inferno.” (middle-grade novel)  Author Dr. John Hutton.  blue manatee press/Independent Publishers Group, 2011.

 

Awards and Honors

Ohioana Cooper Award (outstanding contribution to books and reading). Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County, 2018.

Benjamin Franklin Award Gold Medal (Independent Book Publishers Association), IPPY Award (IBPA), Foreword INDIES, Finalist, “Sleepy Solar System.” Children’s book. 2017.

Finalist, WNBA Pannell Award (best children’s bookstore in the US), Women’s National Book Association. 2017.

Procter Scholar Award, Cincinnati Children’s Research Foundation.  2016-18.

Overall Winner, Region V Abstract Competition, Academic Pediatric Association.  2016.

APA National Research Award: Best Abstract by a Fellow, Academic Pediatric Association.  2015.

Overall Winner, Region V Abstract Competition, Academic Pediatric Association.  2015.

Arnold W. Strauss Fellow Award, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.  2015.

Healthcare Heroes Award: Innovator, Cincinnati Business Courier.   2015.

Gold Medal, Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards, INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award Finalist.  “Your Red Shoes.” Children’s book.  2014.

APA Young Investigator Award for Primary Care Strategies for the Promotion of Early Literacy and School Readiness, Academic Pediatric Association.  2013.

Safe Sleep Ambassador, Charlie’s Kids Foundation.  2012.

National Medical Honor Society, Alpha Omega Alpha.

 

Presentations

“Books, Brains, and Beyond.” Association for Library Service to Children National Institute, Big Ideas Session. Featured speaker.  Cincinnati, OH.  2018.

“Reading, and Hippos, and Manatees, Oh My…” CCHMC Cooperative Society Annual Meeting & Luncheon.  Keynote speaker.  2018.

“It Started With Screen Time… The evolution and mission of blue manatee press.”  Ohioana Cooper Award Presentation. Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.  2018.

“Illustrated Story Format Seems ‘Just Right’ and Animation ‘Too Hot’ for Integration of Functional Brain Networks in Preschool-Age Children.”  Platform. Pediatric Academic Societies National Meeting, Toronto, Canada.  May, 2018.

“The Reading House: Design and Validation of a Children’s Book for Emergent Literacy Screening and Guidance in 3-4 Year-Old Children.” Platform. Pediatric Academic Societies National Meeting, Toronto, Canada.  May, 2018.

“Assessment of Screen-Based Media Use in Children: Development and Psychometric Refinement of the ScreenQ.” Poster. Pediatric Academic Societies National Meeting, Toronto, Canada.  May, 2018.

“Goldilocks Effect? Illustrated Story Format Seems ‘Just Right’ and Animation ‘Too Hot’ for Integration of Functional Brain Networks in Preschool-Age Children.” Platform and expert panel. Reach Out and Read national leadership conference, Cincinnati, OH. 2018.

“From Brain Science to Social Impact: Why we must read to our children.” NW Kansas READS Literacy Symposium, Hays KS. Keynote speaker.  The Dane Hansen Foundation. November, 2017.

“The Power of Stories to Inspire Change: Positive Parenting and Infant Health and Safety Promotion Using Children's Books.” Kids Are Worth It! Conference, presented by Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky. Louisville, KY. Sep 2017.

“How Shared Reading Practices Influence the Developing Brain and What We Can Do to Help.” Keynote speaker. CCHMC Employee Volunteer Ambassador Recognition Luncheon.  2017.

“Shared Reading and Early Brain Development.”  Plenary.  Imagination Library Homecomin’.  Pigeon Forge, TN.  June 2017.

“A Randomized Controlled Trial of a Children’s Book Compared to Brochures for Safe Sleep Knowledge and Adherence in a High-Risk Population.” Platform. Pediatric Academic Societies National Meeting, San Francisco, CA.  May, 2017.

“Maternal Attitudes and Behaviors Regarding Shared Reading and Infant TV Viewing During the Perinatal Period.” Platform. Pediatric Academic Societies National Meeting, San Francisco, CA.  May, 2017.

“Shared Reading Quality Assessment by Parental Report: Preliminary Validation of the DialogPR.” Poster. Pediatric Academic Societies National Meeting, San Francisco, CA.  May, 2017.

“A Randomized Controlled Trial of a Children’s Book Compared to Brochures for Safe Sleep Knowledge and Adherence in a High-Risk Population.” Plenary.  Cribs for Kids National Conference.  Pittsburgh, PA.  April 2017.

Read Aloud 15 MINUTES Satellite Media Tour. Washington, DC. TV and radio interviews with 20 local, statewide and national outlets discussing the importance of shared reading beginning as soon as possible after birth and limiting screen-based media use. 2016-2018.

“Brains, Books, and Beyond – Early Literacy as a Critical Developmental Issue.” Pediatric Grand Rounds.  Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. 2017.

"Stories, Synapses, Synopsis: A Whirlwind Tour of Home Reading Environment, Brain Development, Emergent Literacy, and Children’s Books for Child Health.” Ohio AAP Expert & Executive Roundtable on Early Literacy.  Columbus, OH. 2017.

“DR (Dialogic Reading) Books: Dogs!” American Booksellers Association Winter Institute Small/University Press Author Reception. Minneapolis, MN. 2017.

"Educating Parents and Caregivers about Infant Crying: A ‘Novel’ Approach.” Calm Baby Gently program. National Conference for America’s Children, Cincinnati, OH. Partnership with the Mayerson Center for Safe and Healthy Children and the Council on Child Abuse. 2016.

Presentation and press event celebrating 1 millionth copy of Sleep Baby Safe and Snug distributed for SIDS prevention, Governor’s mansion, Nashville TN.  2016.

"How Modifiable Aspects of Home Reading Environment Can Influence the Developing Brain.” National Conference for America’s Children, Cincinnati OH. 2016.

“Association Between Quantitative Facets of Home Reading Environment and an Expanded Emergent Literacy Model: A MRI-based Analysis.” Pediatric Academic Societies Region V Annual Meeting, Peoria, IL (Fellow Original Science Research Award Winner), 2016.

“Home Reading Environment and Brain Activation Supporting Emergent Literacy.” Pediatric Academic Societies International Meeting, San Diego, CA (Platform, Best Abstract by a Fellow); Featured Speaker at International Breastfeeding Week Conference (plus reading of Eat Baby Healthy), Cincinnati 2015; Keynote at Reach Out and Read Wisconsin Annual Conference, Madison, WI, 2015.

“Analog People, Digital Age (Happy Graduation)!” Keynote address for College of Allied Health, University of Cincinnati, 2014.

“The Case For Baby Unplugged.”  Three-part webinar for national Reach Out and Read, online, 2013-14.

“Anticipatory Guidance From Backyards to Broadband.” Learning Through Play Annual Conference, Cincinnati Museum Center.  2011-2013.