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.

Revisiting the Journey

Revisiting the Journey

Our concluding chapter is somewhat different from the arc of logic traced to this point in the book, in which we mapped key facets of reader engagement with diverse texts. Here, we make some space to reflect on the lessons learnt on the journey and look forwards, asking questions about possible future avenues and emerging research and practice vistas. We conclude by reflecting on our work, as writers and as publicly engaged scholars working in partnership with the education profession to effect change and to support the growth of motivated and engaged young readers.

Through this text, we have brought together several mutually amplifying contrasts: insights from theory and practice in reading for pleasure (RfP), quantitative studies in the ...

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