Research has established that reading widely has the ability to close the gap in attainment between children from different ethnic, social and economic backgrounds. 1
Institute of Fiscal Studies
Good reading at 10 predicts earnings at 42. 2
Children who read a lot, learn new words, discover new worlds and think about new ideas. Books help children understand their own feelings and those of others. 3
The more children read, the more they grow.
National Literacy Trust’s Annual Survey
Young people who read outside class daily are five times as likely to read above the expected level for their age compared with young people who never read outside class. 4
Today, only 30% of children in the UK choose to read fiction at home. 4
Using extrinsic rewards (such as stickers and trips) to encourage children to read tells them that reading isn’t enjoyable - or why would we be bribing them to do it? 5
Readers that are intrinsically motivated are more likely to find a variety of topics that interest them and to benefit from an accompanying sense of pleasure. 5
Children are motivated to read when they:
Dame Julia Cleverdon, Read On. Get On. 2015
We must together put reading and the joy of reading at the heart and the head of our culture.
MyBookBlog puts the joy of reading at the heart of a school’s culture. It helps teachers to:
1 Stanovich, K. (1986) Matthew effects in reading: Some consequences of individual differences in the acquisition of literacy. Reading Research Quarterly, Oakland University
2 Institute of Fiscal Studies (2015) The link between childhood reading skills and adult outcomes: analysis of a cohort of British children
3 Berns GS, Blaine K, Prietula MJ, Pye BE: Short and long term effects of a novel on connectivity in the brain. 2013
4 Clark, C (2015) Children’s and Young People’s Reading in 2014 Findings from the 2014 National Literacy Trust’s annual survey. London: National Literacy Trust
5 5 Hidi, S (2000) An interested researcher’s perspective: the effects of extrinsic and intrinsic factors on motivation. In C. Sansome and J.M Harackiewicz (Eds) Intrinsic and Extrinsic Motivation: The Search for Optimal Motivation and Performance. NY: Academic Press.
6 Gambrell (1996) Creating classroom cultures that foster reading motivation.