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Ideas to foster a love of reading in secondary-age students

How can we continue to foster a love of reading and books during lockdown and remote or blended learning? Dr Sarah McGeown offers some tips and ideas for secondary school teachers

Promoting book reading and encouraging young people to read for pleasure is crucial as teachers and parents navigate on-going national lockdown and remote/blended learning.

While the benefits of books for developing reading and language skills are well-documented (Mol & Bus, 2011), books offer so much more for young people during these challenging times.

Books introduce young people to new concepts and ideas, they can immerse them in fictional worlds, and evoke a whole range of emotions (Mar et al, 2011). Books also have the potential to develop and challenge thinking, improve empathy skills, perspective-taking (Vezzali et al, 2014) and social abilities (Mar, 2018).

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