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Developing a Love of Reading and Books

Developing a Love of Reading and Books
Teaching and nurturing readers in primary schools

February 2021 | 208 pages | Learning Matters

Ensuring children read for pleasure and develop a life-long love of reading is a priority for all primary school teachers.  

The National Curriculum focuses heavily on promoting reading for pleasure and engaging pupils using a range of diverse and inclusive texts and materials. 
This text supports trainee teachers working towards primary QTS and Early Career Teachers to understand the importance of supporting children to become readers, enjoy reading for pleasure and develop higher level reading skills.   It includes guidance, case studies and theoretical perspectives to show trainee teachers how they can develop children’s reading.  

Building communities of engaged readers
Supporting children to enjoy reading in EYFS and KS1
Supporting developing readers to thrive through KS2 into KS3
The ereative eurriculum: encouraging Reading for Pleasure through art and the humanities
Reading and the STEM curriculum
Developing a love of language for performance through poetry and drama
Building diversity and inclusion through high-quality texts
Deeper reading for EAL pupils
The diverse reading environment: Including visual and graphic literacies
Conclusion: What can I do now?

Excellent addition to our reading list on our Level 4 Primary English course as our student teachers begin their journey as Teachers of Reading and Reading Teachers.

Education, Liverpool John Moores University
January 25, 2022

This book provides excellent insight into how we can ensure all children from a young age develop a love of books and reading.

Mrs Megan Stephenson
Institute of Childhood and Education, Leeds Trinity University
July 26, 2021

This book will be valuable reading for your Primary teaching students. It highlights the importance of reading for pleasure and suggests how teachers can balance the demands of the curriculum with high quality literature and reading for pleasure. As a result of research in chapter one our team of English lecturers are setting up an online book group to create a community of readers. The chapter on building diversity and inclusion is also an essential read.

Miss Hannah Chasteauneuf
Faculty of Education, Brighton University
August 16, 2021

Angela Gill

Angela Gill is Programme Director for BA Primary Education and subject lead for Primary English at Durham University, working on both UG and PGCE programmes. She is an experienced teacher and worked in primary classrooms for many years before taking up the post at Durham University. More About Author

Megan Stephenson

Megan Stephenson is Associate Professor at Leeds Trinity University. She leads the Primary PGCE programmes. She has presented at National Conferences in the UK on her approach to developing ‘Inspirational Teacher Education,’ and is currently undertaking research in developing effective primary curricular in the post Covid digital age. More About Author

David Waugh

David Waugh is a former deputy headteacher who worked in ITT from 1990 at the University of Hull, where he led the PGCE course and became Head of Department. In 2008 he was appointed as one of two (the other being Wendy) National Strategies Regional Advisers for ITT. He is currently lectures at Durham University. He has published extensively in primary English, as well as developing e-learning resources for National Strategies for English, mathematics and mentoring and coaching. David also writes children’s stories, including The Wishroom, which was written with 45 children from 15 East Durham primary schools and published in 2017. More About Author