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.

The Personal and the Affective

The Personal and the Affective

The potency of the personal in reading needs to be re-asserted and re-examined. It is one of the six facets of reader engagement underpinning this book and the specific focus of our attention in this chapter alongside the affective. In education, personalisation has at times become a buzzword; it seeks to capture difference and diversity and acknowledges that education needs to be responsive to individual children. In relation to personalised engagement in literary texts, we foreground the making of life to text and text to life analogies, relating the story to ourselves and others, and readers’ affective engagement with and empathy for characters. The personal and the affective are significant forces in reading for ...

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