Promoting Reading for Pleasure in the Primary School cover
Promoting Reading for Pleasure in the Primary School cover

Promoting Reading for Pleasure in the Primary School

by Michael Lockwood

English primary schoolchildren are less likely to read for pleasure than their counterparts in many other countries. This practical and focused book discusses the background to this situation and looks at how government initiatives have tried to address it. Drawing on the author’s own research, the book suggests specific activities to develop whole school and classroom practice, helping to put the fun back into reading.

Each chapter features case study material and provides examples of planning from schools that have successfully created thriving reading cultures through schemes such as reading assemblies, book clubs, library loyalty cards, school book evenings and quizzes. There is also an extensive, annotated list of print and internet-based resources. Topics covered include:

  • Becoming a reading for pleasure school
  • Promoting a love of reading in the early years
  • Developing reading enjoyment in the later primary years
  • Getting boys reading.

This book is written for all those involved in education who would like to see as many children as possible develop a love of reading.

Reader review

WINNER of the 2009 UKLA Author Award

This book is first class. It puts the matter very clearly and succinctly, and presents a great deal of evidence to support the argument that pleasure is not a frivolous extra, but the very heart and essence of what reading is about. It also gives readers plenty of ideas for carrying the principle into the classroom, and for justifying it… This is an excellent piece of work, which I hope will find a place on every staffroom bookshelf.

Philip Pullman

Publisher: SAGE
ISBN-13: 978 1 4129 2967 7
Format: Paperback
Published in 2008

Paperback £22.99
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