Wednesday, 22 September 2021

Children’s reading news – latest guidelines, research and articles

basketI’m looking forward to getting my hundreds of children’s books properly sorted. I moved over the summer, hence this later than usual round-up of reading-related reports and articles.

The Government’s new publication The Reading Framework: teaching the foundations of literacy is essential reading for teachers and others supporting children in reception and year 1, and for those involved with older children who have not yet mastered the foundations of reading. Good to see the emphasis placed on reading for pleasure and the importance of stories and book talk.

School librarians and others will find lots of practical advice on promoting reading in ‘How to encourage reading for pleasure on a budget’.

‘Reading for kids – Tips for keeping them interested’ also has useful ideas.

New National Literacy Trust research shows that in-game communication is the second most popular form of on-screen reading among young people, and that young people enjoy playing video games alongside (rather than at the expense of) activities such as reading, writing, physical activity and socialising.

Another recent Literacy Trust survey found that listening to audiobooks is a popular activity that increases children’s interest in books and in diversity, and is good for wellbeing.

A new report shows how audiobooks can help build reading engagement with younger children, particularly around interaction, complementing other forms of storytelling.

Booktrust is piloting a new national library experience called BookTrust Storytime, to support families with 0-5 year-olds, particularly those who are disadvantaged, engage with their local public library and develop an ongoing reading habit.

Research shows that writing by hand benefits the development of reading skills.

There are links between mathematical difficulty and poor language skills.

Finally, a good piece by Lauren Child on why children’s books should be taken seriously.