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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