Best Practice

Promoting reading using the school library

How does your school library support reading and reading skills? Valerie Dewhurst offers some practical reflections and ideas, including on engaging reluctant readers

I often raise an eyebrow when I hear questions such as “why aren’t children reading anymore?” or “what can we do to change things?”. They make me wonder why we try so hard to reinvent the wheel, time after time.

Reading as a priority will always be with us. But it is like the weather in that it changes regularly; over my many years as a librarian I have seen many changes in children’s reading habits.

It only takes a new addition to a popular series for some children to get back into the swing of reading, or maybe for them to discover a totally new series altogether.

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