Celebrating reading

Mukherjee, Sarah Jane; McGreevy, Clare and Williams, Claire (2023). Celebrating reading. In: Cremin, Teresa; Hendry, Helen; Rodriguez-Leon, Lucy and Kucirkova, Natalia eds. Reading Teachers: Nurturing Reading for Pleasure. London: Routledge, pp. 176–197.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003215615-19


This chapter explores reading celebrations and their potential within the context of fostering reading for pleasure (RfP) within primary schools and local communities. Attention is paid to different ways to celebrate reading and the pedagogic reasons for doing so. In particular it focuses on the possibility to enhance and reshape reader identities for both children and teachers and the social nature of a celebration that strengthens connections with reading and texts enhancing enjoyment. Two case studies, written by primary school teachers themselves ardent readers, showcase celebrations that demonstrate the extensive possibilities in celebrating reading. Distinct in nature, but identical in enthusiasm and passion, their ambitions reveal the impact of celebrating reading on reading engagement for children, teachers, schools, families and communities.

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