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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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Images and figures

Course image: ©The Open University

Section 1, Man reading with children on sofa: courtesy: Hannah Montgomery

Section 2, Parent with children on sofa reading ‘The Variety of Life’: photograph courtesy: Simon Fisher. Book cover © Author: Nicola Davies Illustrator: Lorna Scobie Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books

Section 3, Child holding teddy with parent reading Grandad's Secret Giant: photograph: courtesy Lisa Hesmondhalgh. Book cover Grandad’s Secret Giant by David Litchfield (2017) publisher Frances Lincoln

Section 4, Children holding toys reading at home outside: courtesy: Dr Petula Bhojwani

Section 4, Example of bilingual books of stories: from Jonny Walker’s example of practice, Bilingual Bookmaking: courtesy: Jonny Walker from Park Primary School

Section 5, Figure 1, Supporting readers at home: Covers: A kind of spark by Elle McNicoll (2020) Permission granted Knights of; Lubna and Pebble by Wendy Meddour and Daniel Egneus Courtesy: Oxford University Press ?cc=gb; HERE WE ARE Written by Oliver Jeffers Published by Philomel & HarperCollins 2017. Courtesy Harper Collins; Beano: 18 September 2021: courtesy: DC Thomson and Co Ltd; Julian is a Mermaid by Jessica Love published by Candlewick Press. Used with Permission of Walker Books. Image: man and child reading on sofa: monkeybusinessimages/Getty Images; drawing of family reading on rug: courtesy: Chris Riddell; blurred books: Georgi Nutsev/Getty Images. Compilation photograph ©The Open University

Section 6, Figure 3, A model for the development of shared reading lives: diversity and collaboration adapted from: Cremin, T., Mottram, M., Powell, S., Collins, R. and Safford, K. (2014) Building Communities of Engaged Readers: Reading for Pleasure. London and NY: Routledge.

Section 7, Parent reading with children on sofa: courtesy Becky Coles

Section 7.1, Figure 4, The joint winners of the UKLA Digital Book Award 2020 (left): Screenshot of Reading Realm the-reading-realm-app/; (right) Screenshot of the Reading Journey

Section 8, Figure 5, A #BookNic at Carglaze Primary School: courtesy: Carclaze Community Primary School

Section 9, Adult and child donating book to Morrison’s Little Children’s Library: courtesy Rebecca Smith


Section 4, Jonny Walker’s Bilingual Bookmaking: courtesy: Jonny Walker from Park Primary School

Section 8, Activity 4, The Big Reveal Blind book tasting: courtesy: Jennifer Cole Rayleigh Primary School

Section 8, Activity 4, A class/home reading book shared with parents: Blurring the Home/School Boundaries – Building Reading Communities courtesy: Melissa Hudson - St. William's Primary School

Section 8, Activity 4: Read Around the Campfire: Creating a Reading Community: courtesy Siophan Harkins for Joy Lane Primary School

Section 8, Activity 4: The Pop-Up Reading Picnics: At Grove Primary School by Alice Lee Fox. Courtesy Alice Lee-Fox

Audio Visual

Section 9, Video 1, Doorstep Library: community reading volunteers: courtesy Doorstep Library

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