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Acknowledgements

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 description page: audio/visual

Course introductory video with Professor Cremin: ©The Open University

Week 1

Images and figures

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. https://cdn.literacytrust.org.uk/  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 https://www.walker.co.uk/

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

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 https://www.faber.co.uk/

Section 9: The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander, Kadir Nelson (Illustrator) published by Versify 2019 https://www.hmhbooks.com/ versify await claim

Tables

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.

Week 2

Images and figures

Course image: ©The Open University

Section 1, Family on sofa using laptop: ©fizkes/Shutterstock.com; Happy multicultural kids standing in park and holding map: ©LightField Studios/Shutterstock.com

Section 2, Boy reading comic: Photograph ©The Open University

Section 2, Figure 1, The Open University’s Treasure Hunt image. Case Study courtesy: Claire Williams, St Andrew’s C of E Primary School. Illustration Sarah McIntyre. Note: third party product image content belongs to individual company/publisher and used for illustrative purposes only.

Section 5, Man with child on lap: ©LumiNola/Getty Images

Section 6, Two girls reading outside: ©The Open University

Section 7, Boy showing friend book: Photograph: ©The Open University

Section 8, Three girls reading together: ©The Open University

Section 9, Children outside reading with teacher: ©The Open University

Section 10, Boy with hand up: ©The Open University

Section 12, Boy and girl sharing comic: photograph ©The Open University

Book covers

Section 4, Figure 3 (interactive), Picture storybooks, I am Bat by Morag Hood I Am Bat by Morag Hood - 9781509834624 - Pan Macmillan

Section 4, Figure 3 (interactive), Picture storybooks, Julian is a Mermaid by Jessica Love published by Candlewick Press. Used with Permission from Walker Books

Section 4, Figure 3 (interactive), Children’s and young adult’s novels, Armistice Runner Used with permission of Barrington Stoke Ltd. Cover design: Barrington Stoke

Section 4, Figure 3 (interactive), Children’s and young adult’s novels, 'Boy 87' by Ele Fountain, Katie Everson (cover design), and Kate Milner (illustration), published by Pushkin Press https://pushkinpress.com/

Section 4, Figure 3 (interactive), Graphic novels and wordless picture books, Minecraft Volume One Mojang Studios https://www.minecraft.net/ en-us

Section 4, Figure 3 (interactive), Graphic novels and wordless picture books, The Arrival by Shaun Tan (2006) Hodder Children's Books https://www.hodder.co.uk/

Section 4, Figure 3 (interactive), Poetry and verse texts, Poems Aloud by Joseph Coelho (author) Daniel Gray- Barnett (Illustrator) Wide-Eyed Editions (Publisher) The Quarto Group

Section 4, Figure 3 (interactive), Poetry and verse texts, Michael Rosen's A-Z: The best children's poetry from Agard to Zephaniah by Michael Rosen (2009) Penguin UK

Section 4, Figure 3 (interactive), Apps and websites, BBC Children in Need SUPERHERO screenshot © BBC

Section 4, Figure 3 (interactive), Comics and magazines, The Phoenix Issue no 13 Pirate Peril: courtesy: The Phoenix Comic https://thephoenixcomic.co.uk/

Section 4, Figure 3 (interactive), Comics and magazines, Whizz Pop Bang magazine cover: courtesy Launchpad Publishing Ltd https://www.whizzpopbang.com/

Section 4, Figure 3 (interactive), Non-fiction texts, Dinosaur Atlas. Used with permission from Lonely Plant https://shop.lonelyplanet.com/ products/ dinosaur-atlas-1

Section 4, Figure 3 (interactive), Non-fiction texts, Prejudice to Pride By Amy Lame, Quercus Books courtesy: HACHETTE CHILDREN'S GROUP

Section 5, Felix after the Rain by Dunja Jogan (author and illustrator) Tiny Own Publishing Ltd. https://tinyowl.co.uk/

Section 6, Brock by Anthony McGowan: Used with permission of Barrington Stoke Ltd. Cover design: carrdesignstudio.com.Cover photograph © Piotr Zupan Szupowski

Section 6, Dream Big: Michael Jordan and the Pursuit of Olympic Gold, By Deloris Jordan & Illustrated by Barry Root is published by Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books’

Section 6, Sona Sharma Very Best Big Sister by Chitra Soundar Illustrated by Jen Khatun published with permission by Walker Books https://www.walker.co.uk/

Section 6, The super miraculous journey of Freddie Yates by Jenny Pearson Published May 12th 2020 by Norton Young Readers https://wwnorton.com/ nrtyng

Text

Section 9: Optional Resource: Case Study: Developing Whole School Reading Relationships. Courtesy: John Biddle

Audio Visual

Section 8, Video 1, Ben Harris reading One Fox by Kate Read . First published in 2019 by Two Hoots/Macmillan Children’s Books. Used under licence with permission Pan Macmillan. MACMILLAN PUBLISHERS INTERNATIONAL LIMITED ©The Open University and its licensor

Section 8, Video 2, Richard Charlesworth reading A House that Once Was First published in 2018 by Two Hoots/Macmillan Children’s Books. Used under licence with permission Pan Macmillan. MACMILLAN PUBLISHERS INTERNATIONAL LIMITED ©The Open University and its licensor

Section 8, Video 3, Professor Teresa Cremin reading THE SAME INSIDE, Poems about Empathy and Friendship written by Liz Brownlee, Matt Goodfellow and Roger Stevens (ISBN: 9781509854509) published on the Macmillan Children’s Books list. Used under licence with permission Pan Macmillan. MACMILLAN PUBLISHERS INTERNATIONAL LIMITED ©The Open University and its licensor

Section 10, Activity 4, Video 4: Courtesy Katherine Young for Elmhurst School. https://www.elmhurstschool.org/

Week 3

Images and figures

Course image: ©The Open University

Section 1, Typewriter: ©Nito/Shutterstock.com

Section 2, Girl wearing crown: ©The Open University

Section 3, Girls playing make believe: ©The Open University

Section 3, Child dressed as The Hulk: ©The Open University

Section 5, Boys working together at table: ©The Open University

Section 7, Boys at desk talking: ©The Open University

Section 8, Girl reading alone: ©The Open University

Book covers

Section 5: Julian is a Mermaid by Jessica Love published by Candlewick Press. Used with Permission of Walker Books

Section 5: Ruby’s Worry by Tom Percival (author and illustrator) published 2018 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

Section 5: The Boy at the Back of the Class by Onjali Rauf, Orion Children's Books, Hachette Childrens Group https://www.orionbooks.co.uk/

Section 5: The Girls Text copyright © Lauren Ace, 2018. Illustrations © Jenny Løvlie, 2018. First published in Great Britain 2018. Permission given by Caterpillar Books, an imprint of the Little Tiger Group

Section 6, Activity 3: Luna's Red Hat, Emmi Smid, courtesy: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, UK https://uk.jkp.com/

Section 6, Activity 3: Lubna and Pebble by Wendy Meddour and Daniel Egneus Courtesy: Oxford University Press https://global.oup.com/ ?cc=gb

Section 6, Activity 3: Wonder by R J Palacio, Text copyright ©2012 by R. J. Palacio Jacket art copyright ©2012 by Tad Carpenter publisher: Alfred P Knopf an imprint of Random House Children's Books, a division of Random House, Inc., New York.

Session 8, Personal reflection 3: Little Rabbit Foo Foo by Michael Rosen (Illustrator Arthur Robins.  Courtesy Walker Books https://www.walker.co.uk/ © Michael  Rosen

Text

Section 6, Activity 3: Synopsis for Luna's Red Hat courtesy: Books for Topics to https://www.booksfortopics.com

Section 6, Activity 3: Review: Lubna and Pebble by Wendy Meddour and Daniel Egneus. Oxford University Press. Courtesy Oxford University Press https://global.oup.com/ education/ product/ 9780192771940/ ?region=uk

Section 6, Activity 3: Synopsis for Wonder by R J Palacio courtesy: Books for Topics to https://www.booksfortopics.com

Audio Visual

Section 7, Video 2: Miranda McKearney OBE Founder, EmpathyLab: Courtesy: Empathy Lab https://www.empathylab.uk/

Week 4

Images and figures

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 https://cdn.literacytrust.org.uk/ 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 (littlebrown.co.uk)

Section 3, A kind of spark by Elle McNicoll (2020) Permission granted Knights of http://knightsof.media/

Section 3, El Deafo by Cece Bell (illustrator David Lasky) Published September 2nd 2014 by Harry N. Abrams. Courtesy Harry N Abrams https://www.abramsbooks.com/

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

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 https://www.hmhbooks.com/ versify

Text

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

Week 5

Images and figures

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

Book covers

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

Text

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.

Audio Visual

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

Week 6

Images and figures

Course image: ©The Open University

Section 1, children reading with teacher: Courtesy: Sonia Thompson Headteacher/Director, St. Matthew's C.E. Primary Teaching and Research School www.st-matthews.bham.sch.uk

Section 2, Teacher and child reading outside: ©The Open University

Section 4, Two teachers discussing a children’s book: photograph ©The Open University

Section 5, Young boy and a reading volunteer: Courtesy: Coram Beanstalk https://www.beanstalkcharity.org.uk/

Section 6, The school reading environment: Courtesy: Marilyn Brocklehurst Norfolk Children's Book Centre

Section 6, Figure 2: Courtesy: Claire Williams St Andrew's C of E Primary School

Section 7, ‘A school library’ board: courtesy: Moorlands C of E Primary Academy

Section 7, Activity 5, Class reading with their head teacher: courtesy: Holbeach Primary School

Section 8, Photograph: ©The Open University

Section 9, Figure 3, Grandma’s snug: courtesy: Clare McGreevy Lowerplace Primary School

Section 9, Figure 4, St Matts’ Reading for Pleasure newsletter: courtesy: Sonia Thompson Headteacher/Director St. Matthew's C.E. Primary Teaching and Research School. Book covers: Wonder by R J Palacio, Text copyright ©2012 by R. J. Palacio Jacket art copyright ©2012 by Tad Carpenter publisher: Alfred P Knopf an imprint of Random House Children's Books, a division of Random House, Inc., New York; and The Wide Mouthed Frog (1996) by Iain Smyth (author), Michael Terry (Illustrator) courtesy Bloomsbury Publishing Plc.

Text

Section 7, Activity 5, Let's Love the Library case study and images: courtesy: Karen Robertson for Holbeach Primary School https://www.holbeach.lewisham.sch.uk/

Section 9, Activity 6, Developing a Reading Community by Sayes Court Nursery and Primary School Courtesy: Sayes Court Primary School https://www.sayescourt.surrey.sch.uk/; (book cover and any third party illustrations ©publishers and other rightsowners)

Section 9, Activity 6, Where every day is Book Day! Courtesy Sneinton St Stephen's C of E Primary School https://www.sneintoncofeprimaryschool.co.uk/ (book cover and any third party illustrations ©publishers and other rightsowners)

Audio Visual

Section 3, Video 1: Claire's Teacher Effect Story https://teaching.blog.gov.uk/ 2019/ 06/ 19/ creating-passionate-readers-the-teacher-effect/ https://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/ doc/ open-government-licence/ version/ 3/

Week 7

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 http://knightsof.media/; Lubna and Pebble by Wendy Meddour and Daniel Egneus Courtesy: Oxford University Press https://global.oup.com/ ?cc=gb; HERE WE ARE Written by Oliver Jeffers Published by Philomel & HarperCollins 2017. Courtesy Harper Collins https://harpercollins.co.uk/; Beano: 18 September 2021: courtesy: DC Thomson and Co Ltd https://www.dcthomson.co.uk/; 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 https://thereadingrealm.co.uk/ the-reading-realm-app/; (right) Screenshot of the Reading Journey https://www.thereadingjourney.co.uk/

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

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

Text

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 https://www.rayleighprimary.org.uk/

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 https://www.joylane.kent.sch.uk/

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 https://www.doorsteplibrary.org.uk/

Week 8

Images and figures

Course image: ©The Open University

Section 1, Figure 1, Quote by Neil Gaiman on childhood reading: Border: Malchev/Shutterstock.com ©©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. https://cdn.ourfp.org/wpcontent/uploads/20210301105855/Reading_Communities_TCremin_2019.pdf?

Book covers

Section 3, The Story of a White Rhino by Nicola Davies Published September 2020 by Tiny Owl Publishing courtesy Tiny Owl Publishing https://tinyowl.co.uk/

Section 3: The Last Wild by Piers Torday (2013) Quercus Children's Books courtesy Hachette Childrens Group https://www.quercusbooks.co.uk/

Text

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

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