Creating a reading culture in a school is essential if you want to encourage students to become engaged and motivated readers. However, developing a reading culture takes time and requires the commitment of the principal and staff.
Creating a reading culture
Reading for pleasure builds the enthusiasm and skills for lifelong learning. Schools with a reading culture value, model and talk about reading for pleasure. They are places where staff and students read and are encouraged to read at school and at home.
There is ongoing discussion about teens not reading as they used to do. In today’s digital environment reading may involve multiple platforms. They’re still reading and writing, just not always in the traditional ‘book’ way.
Boys may not be reluctant to read, but reluctant to read what we want them to. Research shows boys like to read over a wider number of genres and a broader range of topics than girls.
Keeping children reading during the 'tween' years - age 9-12, before children become teenagers - can be a challenge. Knowing their interests and providing a range of reading material will help keep their enjoyment of reading alive.
Evidence indicates reading for pleasure improves literacy, social skills, health and learning outcomes. It also gives people access to culture and heritage and empowers them to become active citizens, who can contribute to economic and social development.