It’s a while since I last did a round-up of news on children’s and young people’s reading. There’s a lot to catch up on.
NIACE reports that many parents stop reading to their children too early. Other useful reading-related data here too.
Booktrust data shows a big class divide in UK adult reading. Parents who were encouraged to read as children, were read to by parents, and enjoyed reading are far more likely to read to their children.
Sutton Trust research tells us strong emotional bonds between child and parent may be significant for early cognitive and language development.
The National Literacy Trust reported this month that touch-screen devices offer a route into reading for disadvantaged three to five year-olds.
Donna Thomson asks ‘Reading without enjoyment: what’s the point in that?’
Ofsted reports on good practice in teaching English, including the importance of liaison between the English department and the school librarian.
A book buddy dogs scheme has raised literacy levels in Poole.
Science Daily reports that readability scores are largely inaccurate. Reading Educator Adam Lancaster usefully tackles the issue of reading ages. Many authors (and teachers and librarians) are fervently against age-banding on books. It’s worth reading Emma Barnes’ opposing view and the comments.
Children’s books are so powerful. Peter Worley discusses how to use children’s stories to teach philosophy and ethics. Emma Sterland tells us how stories and reading can help children learn about disability. Books for Keeps has produced a very useful list of ten of the best children’s books with a disability theme.
Finally, some great books on the Carnegie and Greenaway Awards shortlists.