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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, Figure 1, Quote by Neil Gaiman on childhood reading: Border: Malchev/ ©©Neil Gaiman

Section 2, Dog on bike balancing other animals: ©unknown

Section 3, Teacher reading to children on floor: ©The Open University.

Section 4.1, Teacher and child talking at a table: ©The Open University.

Section 4.2, Children and adult outside with books: ©The Open University.

Section 4.3, Two boys reading in playground: ©The Open University.

Section 4.4, Child using a tablet: ©The Open University.

Section 4.5, Book chat between children: ©The Open University.

Section 4.6, Young girl in library: ©ferrantraite/Getty Images.

Section 4.7, Girls reading in classroom: ©The Open University.

Section 5, Teacher reading to class: ©The Open University.

Section 6, Two teachers on bench talking: ©The Open University

Section 6.1, Child reading by herself: ©The Open University

Section 6.2, Adult and child talking: ©The Open University

Section 6.3, Teacher reading children’s book: ©The Open University

Section 6.3, Teacher and child reading: ©The Open University

Section 6.4, Boys reading in playground: ©The Open University

Section 6.4, Figure 4: from: Evidence informed Reading for Pleasure pedagogy: Cremin, T, (2019) Reading Communities, what how and why.

Book covers

Section 3, The Story of a White Rhino by Nicola Davies Published September 2020 by Tiny Owl Publishing courtesy Tiny Owl Publishing

Section 3: The Last Wild by Piers Torday (2013) Quercus Children's Books courtesy Hachette Childrens Group


Section 3: extract from DfE (2020) Reviewing Early Reading Provision: Overview. The English Hubs, DfE: London.

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