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 Entangled

The Personal Entangled

Connecting to readers’ personal responses and the impact of personal relevance on children’s reading engagement which we discussed in the last chapter, here we again draw on Rosenblatt’s (1978/1994) emphasis on the reader’s active quest for meaning, and her assertion that a text either expands meanings or ‘limits or controls’ these (1978/1994: 129). Inspired by this, we conceive that reading for pleasure (RfP) involves a potentiality possessed jointly by the reader and the author, and consider how the personalised features of texts limit or facilitate readers’ contributions and transactions. Digital texts which use personal data and algorithms offer more acutely perceived personalised engagements than print books. However, the extent to which this personalised engagement is agentic (led by ...

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