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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, Photograph of children’s texts on display in a school. Photograph ©The Open University

Section 1, Figure 1, National Literacy Trust p 7 media/ documents/ 2015_05_20_free_research_-_children_reading_2014_OSmeOgX.pdf (c)National Literacy Trust

Section 2, Photograph of different children’s texts on display in a school: Photograph ©The Open University

Section 4, Reading time in class with teacher ©The Open University

Section 5, Figure 4, Book blanket, Various children’s reading texts: Photographed for The Open University.

Section 5, Figure 5, Mrs H’s reading river board image: courtesy: Lisa Hesmondhalgh

Section 8, Two boys with teacher sitting on ground outside ©The Open University

Book covers

Section 2, BUNNY VS MONKEY by Jamie Smart published David Fickling Books. David Fickling Books

Section 2, Hilda and The Troll by Luke Pearson Courtesy: © Flying Eye Books, an imprint of Nobrow Ltd, 2013

Section 2, Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy: A Graphic Novel' by Rey Terciero, Bre Indigo. Little Brown publisher Welcome to Little, Brown Book Group | Hachette UK (

Section 3, A kind of spark by Elle McNicoll (2020) Permission granted Knights of

Section 3, El Deafo by Cece Bell (illustrator David Lasky) Published September 2nd 2014 by Harry N. Abrams. Courtesy Harry N Abrams

Section 3, Too Small Tola written by Atinuke, illustrated by Onyinya Iwu. Reproduced by permission of Walker Books Ltd, London SE11 5HJ.

Section 3, Amazing by Steve Antony courtesy HACHETTE CHILDREN'S GROUP Hachette Children’s Group | Hachette Childrens UK

Section 3, The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander, Kadir Nelson (Illustrator) published by Versify 2019 versify


Section 5, Activity 4, Reading Rivers by Jon Biddle: courtesy Moorlands School

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