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Developing Reading for Pleasure: engaging young readers
Developing Reading for Pleasure: engaging young readers

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This free course was written by Lucy Rodriguez Leon, Teresa Cremin, Helen Hendry and Sarah-Jane Mukherjee. It was first published in January 2022.

With special thanks to staff and students at Elmhurst Primary School, London; St. Matthew's C of E Primary School, Birmingham; Moorlands C of E Primary Academy, Great Yarmouth; and Norfolk Children’s Book Centre.

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Course image: ©The Open University

Section 1, Young boys reading: ©The Open University.

Section 2, Young girl reading: ©The Open University.

Section 3, Figure 1: from: Clark, C. and Teravainen-Goff, A. (2020) Children and young people’s reading in 2019: Findings from our Annual Literacy Survey in National Literacy Trust research report.  media/  documents/  Reading_trends_in_2019__Final.pdf   © National Literacy Trust.

Section 4, Boy smiling with teacher: ©The Open University.

Section 7, Teacher reading to class: ©The Open University.

Section 8, Boy reading with teacher: ©The Open University.

Section 8, Figure 2: My Name by Coral Rumble: used with permission.

Section 11, Three children reading. ©The Open University.

Book covers

Section 5, Activity 2: Football school Epic heroes by Alex Bellos and Ben Lyttleton Walker Books. Text © 2017 Alex Bellos and Ben Lyttleton | Illustrations © 2017 Spike Gerrel. Walker Books Limited

Section 5, Activity 2: Here We Are by Oliver Jeffers. Published by Philomel & HarperCollins 2017. Courtesy Harper Collins

Section 9: The Proudest Blue: A Story of Hijab and Family by Ibtihaj Muhammad, Hatem Aly (Illustrator), S. K. Ali (With) published with Andersen Copyright © 2017 Andersen Press; await claim

Section 9: Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds, illustrated by Chris Priestley published by Faber Courtesy Faber

Section 9: The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander, Kadir Nelson (Illustrator) published by Versify 2019 versify await claim


Section 4, Table 1: from Cremin, T., Mottram, M., Powell, S., Collins, R. and Safford, K. (2014) (p157) Building Communities of Engaged Readers: Reading for Pleasure. London and NY: Routledge.

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