Reading aloud

Cremin, Teresa; Harris, Ben and Courtney, Matthew (2023). Reading aloud. In: Cremin, Teresa; Hendry, Helen; Rodriguez-Leon, Lucy and Kucirkova, Natalia eds. Reading Teachers: Nurturing Reading for Pleasure. Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 73–86.



Reading aloud is a core practice that inspires young readers. It offers rich opportunities for children to experience stories and other texts and participate in their co-creation through joining in with actions, words and chants and imagining their ways forwards. As the text unfolds, children’s curiosity and concentration can be garnered, and their deep engagement caught. Later this may motivate young people to reread the book, read others in the series, by the same author or on the same subject. Whether or not reading aloud leads to increased voluntary reading will depend upon multiple factors and the Reading Teacher’s skills. This chapter, in order to support teachers in capitalising on the potential of this universal practice, examines the research evidence and considers children’s agency, interaction, connections and perspectives.

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