With World Book Day coming up, and lots of reading promotion courses in the offing, it seems a good time to do a round-up of recent articles and useful links on helping children and young people enjoy reading.
- There are lots of tips on the World Book Day website.
- The Guardian Teacher Network has a valuable list of WBD activities.
- Playing by the Book has lots of lovely methods for supporting young children’s reading using Emily Gravett’s fantastic picture books.
- Children’s author Paul Jennings gives tips for encouraging children to read.
- Jonny Zucker, another children’s author, shares his thoughts on engaging reluctant readers in the iPad age.
- Anne Cassidy, the great writer for teenagers, is sure silence is bad for reading, and has good ideas for book talk and book sharing.
- There are helpful resources for teachers and librarians on the Books Teens and Magazines website.
- The Reading Agency lists imaginative ways to respond to books – things like making playlists for book characters and creating stop motion films.
- Lots of young people love reading manga. Guardian Children’s Books recomments popular series and good titles.
- I listed good reading promotion websites in a previous blog.
Finally, a reminder from the wonderful Dr Seuss: ‘You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child.’