Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Children’s and young people’s reading – news, research and a great quote

IMG_1531I always love seeing displays of book-related work when I visit schools to give inset. This is from St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School in Malmesbury.

Here’s a round-up of recent news about children’s reading.

A new survey shows that reading aloud to young children may change brain activation in very positive ways.

The neuroscience of reading is attracting lots of attention. It’s worth looking at ‘How children learn to read’.

Two important new critiques question the emphasis on phonics in teaching reading and the lack of support for other methods, both available here.

In heart-warming news, a girl of eight has won an impressive victory for gender equality in children’s book and marketing.

Edutopia has drawn up a useful list of thirty-seven ways to help children learn to read, all tips from teachers and other practitioners.

It’s fascinating, and rather frightening, to see the impact of skipping reading homework. The article includes ideas for creating a reading habit in class.

Cognitive scientist Daniel Willingham explores why children lose interest in reading as they get older.

An interesting IFS report sets out the links between childhood reading skills and adult outcomes in terms of employment, wages and health.

Finally, though not news at all, here’s Walt Disney on why reading is valuable: ‘There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island.’