What does it mean to become a reader? What are the challenges and opportunities of engaging children in reading for pleasure in the 21st century? This book explores the ways in which reading for pleasure is changing in the era of globalisation, multiculturalism and datafication. Raising the next generation of engaged readers requires knowledge of the enduring characteristics of engagement and markers of quality in books and e-books. In addition, in order to develop new insights into children’s experience of reading on and off screen, nuanced understandings of psychological and socio-cultural research are offered. The cross-disciplinary examination integrates key research from educational psychology, new literacies, multimodality and socio-cultural perspectives and explores consequences for practice. An authoritative guide – it invites graduates, researchers and teachers to participate in the authors’ interdisciplinary dialogue about reading for pleasure.

Mapping the Terrain

Mapping the Terrain

Reading reflects and frames our lives, allowing us to make deep, personal connections with others and ourselves, to satisfy our curiosity and to learn more about the world. Whether children choose to read in childhood matters; it has the potential to make a difference to their learning and their life chances. Indeed, being a frequent reader can mitigate the negative influence of low socio-economic status on educational achievement (e.g. OECD, 2010). Extensive international evidence exists that demonstrates strong associations between the frequency with which young people read and their attainment, and many of these studies indicate the very significant role played in this interaction by the young reader’s desire – their intrinsic motivation to read (e.g. Schiefele et ...

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