Friday, 27 March 2015

Children’s reading – recent news and articles

IMG_2114Here is my latest round-up of news, research and articles about children’s and young people’s reading, plus a glimpse of my picture book shelf.

Good to see support for book clubs and references to the importance of reading for pleasure in Reading: Supporting Higher Standards in Schools, but the recommendation that all Y3 children be given library cards has raised eyebrows and hackles, in view of widespread public library closures. School libraries are inexplicably not mentioned. In response, the latest edition of Books for Keeps has a powerful editorial about importance of librarians in promoting reading.

Primary staff in particular will be interested in Michael Rosen’s blog Reading for Pleasure and Understanding – Govt Style.

There have been headlines this month about secondary pupils shunning difficult books. Little attention has been paid to the fact that the research only relates to Accelerated Reader data. School librarian John Iona’s blog is well worth a look.

Scholastic has produced its annual report about children’s reading. Although American, there is lots of relevant information here. This infographic shows the most powerful predictors of reading frequency. Some important findings, including the value of time for independent reading during the school day.

I like this unusual (and well referenced) infographic on the benefits of reading.

New research shows how much bright pupils from poor backgrounds miss out in relation to their wealthier peers. Reading for pleasure is one of the factors proven to make a difference. In the light of this it’s interesting to learn that poorer parents read with their  children (and help with their homework) as much as wealthier ones.  How very sad though that few parents overall read bedtime stories to their children. Lack of time and lack of confidence are big factors.

I was fascinated to read that human brains see words as pictures. This has implications in terms of appropriate support for children with reading difficulties.

For anyone who has not yet seen it, here is a useful children’s literary calendar.

Finally, if you haven’t already, you might like to sign the Save the Children Read On Get On petition.