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
Introduction, Figure 1: in Cremin, T. (2019) Reading Communities, what how and why. Available at https://cdn.ourfp.org/ wp-content/ uploads/ 20210301105855/ Reading_Communities_TCremin_2019.pdf?_ga=2.134846385.1937271030.1633344484-218333398.1633344484
Section 1, Teacher reading to children on floor: ©The Open University
Section 1, Figure 2, Activity 1: Book cover: Look Up! Text copyright Nathan Bryon © 2019, Illustration copyright Dapo Adeola © 2019, published by Puffin Books. Reproduced by permission of Penguin Books Ltd
Section 2, Teacher reading to children: ©The Open University
Section 3, Figure 3: book covers (photograph by The Open University): I'm Sticking with You by Smriti Halls (2020) Illustrated by Steve Small courtesy: Simon and Schuster https://www.simonandschuster.co.uk; and Meesha Makes Friends Tom Percival (author), Tom Percival (Illustrator Published by Bloomsbury Children's Books.
Section 4, Two girls reading lounging on floor: ©The Open University
Section 5, Girl reading Big Blue book: © The Open University
Section 6, Children reading excitedly: ©The Open University
Section 7, Teacher and children reading outside: © The Open University
Section 7, Peer recommendation shelf: courtesy: photograph: Jon Biddle Moorlands Primary Academy
Section 8, Classroom with children reading: ©The Open University
Section 9, Children working in class: ©The Open University
Section 2, Activity 2: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J K Rowling (1997). Bloomsbury Publishing https://www.bloomsbury.com/ uk
Section 2, Activity 2: The chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by C.S.Lewis, HarperCollins Children's Books. https://harpercollins.co.uk/
Section 2, Activity 2: The House at Pooh Corner by A.A. Milne, illustrator E.H. Shepard. Random House, originally published 1928 by Methuen
Section 7, Book Buzz, Casey Lynchey’s case study: courtesy: Mrs Casey Lynchey for Holcombe Brook Primary School https://holcombebrookprimary.org.uk/
Section 7, Peer recommendation shelf, Jon Biddle’s case study with 9–11-year-olds: courtesy Jon Biddle, Moorlands C of E Primary Academy. Copyright in book cover illustrations rest with the individual publishers and/or authors/illustrators.
Section 1, Video 1: Teacher reading extract from The Promise by Nicola Davies (Author), Laura Carlin (Illustrator) Walker Books. Video ©The Open University
Section 5, Activity 3, Video 2: ©The Open University
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