Informal book talk and reader recommendations

Rodriguez-Leon, Lucy and Biddle, Jon (2023). Informal book talk and reader recommendations. In: Cremin, Teresa; Hendry, Helen; Rodriguez-Leon, Lucy and Kucirkova, Natalia eds. Reading Teachers: Nurturing Reading for Pleasure. London: Routledge, pp. 87–100.



Reading Teachers not only read to and with children, but they also share their passion by blethering about their reading with both children and adults, and they avidly listen to others’ perspectives on books and other texts. Reading Teachers create time and space for children to chat informally with each other about books and they find innovative ways to promote tailored reader-to-reader recommendations. This chapter examines theory and research evidence that underpin the importance of informal book chat and reader recommendations for promoting children’s enjoyment of reading, for fostering reader relationships and for enhancing interpretations and understanding. It explores effective classroom practice and offers some practical strategies to review and develop this strand of Reading for Pleasure pedagogy.

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