Studies show that children who read for pleasure and have a positive attitude towards reading have higher levels of attainment and personal development, according to the DfE's report on reading for pleasure. There is also research suggesting there is a positive correlation between reading for pleasure and social mobility.
By actively pursing reading, children can build up these skills outside the classroom and develop a natural desire to learn and engage with literature, helping them to progress and achieve.
The DfE's report also found that reading for pleasure in children is strongly influenced by relationships with teachers. Furthermore, children are more likely to read for enjoyment if reading is valued in their home environment.
Interactive reading material
Responsive glossaries for difficult words increase children’s vocabulary by providing synonyms, and prompts such as ‘what happens next’ encourage children to actively engage with what they are reading.
Reading on mobile devices can also remove the social stigma of reading that some children experience, as children are used to using these devices and often associate them with having fun.
- Folk Tales – introducing children to different cultures through traditional stories from around the world
- MyText – using videos, read-along features and vivid images to bring spooky, funny and surprising stories to life
- Grik the Goblin – encouraging children to think about bullying issues by following the adventures of a smart little goblin
- ABC Come dance with me – using audio storytelling to help early years children learn the alphabet.