Online reading communities, like the more traditional book clubs, provide opportunities for readers to engage with a worldwide community of readers—places where people can discuss, recommend, review and quarrel with other readers.
School libraries creating readers
From information on ‘Boys and reading’ to the value of reading aloud, or the requirements of NCEA English, we provide a rich range of support for your library’s role in inspiring and creating readers.
With wordplay, humour and fresh insights into the ordinary and extraordinary, children’s poetry captures emotions and confronts serious issues. Its licence introduces children to language, entertains and offers subversive delights.
Reading aloud to children is the best way to prepare children for learning to read and to keep them reading as they learn and grow. It’s fun - and worth continuing beyond the early years. Intermediate and secondary students also enjoy being read to!
Bringing authors, illustrators and readers together is a wonderful way to discover books. It also gives students insights into the complexities of writing, illustrating and publishing books.
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.
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.
Young fiction spans the divide between picture books and novels. A critical stage in a child's reading development comes when they are ready to move on from picture books into more 'grown up' texts they can read for themselves.