Saturday, 16 February 2013

Reading for enjoyment

It’s a while since I last did a round-up of resources on reading enjoyment. Here are things I have found interesting or useful as I’ve prepared training recently. In a week when we’ve discovered that disadvantaged children are twice as likely to be poor readers as their peers, reading promotion is as important as it’s ever been.

The draft National Curriculum programmes of study
have now been published. I have concerns about aspects of the draft English curriculum, but I’m relieved that reading enjoyment is stressed strongly.

It’s well worth reading this article on the importance of reading for pleasure from the TES. I particularly like the bill of reading rights, especially ‘Children have the right to hear stories without interruption or analysis’; ‘Children have a right to read a book by an author who is still alive’; ‘Children have the right to be taught by those who have a knowledge of books.’ Reminds me  of Daniel Pennac’s wonderful book The Rights of the Reader and the fabulous poster Quentin Blake produced for Walker Books.

Here some young people talk about what they like about reading.

The Hunting English blog is consistently thought-provoking.

This is a set of class clips from the BBC on bringing books to life, and you may like this piece on using film to engage pupils with literature.

Not new at all, but still useful, is this article on book speed dating. Or there’s this different approach from an American practitioner.

Here Julia Eccelshare explains how reading for enjoyment helps children’s grammar. I also like this blog about the importance of picture books for older readers.

Finally, a new campaign has been launched to get more parents reading to their children.

I love the picture here. Hinchley Wood Primary School, where I gave inset recently, held an extreme reading challenge a little while ago. There’s a lovely display in the library of photos of children enjoying reading in all sorts of weird and wonderful places.