Reflections on the rights of the reader

Rodriguez-Leon, Lucy (2023). Reflections on the rights of the reader. In: Cremin, Teresa; Hendry, Helen; Rodriguez-Leon, Lucy and Kucirkova, Natalia eds. Reading Teachers: Nurturing Reading for Pleasure. London: Routledge, pp. 127–130.



Daniel Pennac’s seminal text Rights of the Reader was originally published in French in 1992 and has now been translated into English for the second time; the latest edition has been charmingly illustrated by Quentin Blake. This chapter shares a few reflections from the author's years in practice in an Early Years classroom, and discusses how we might reconcile RfP pedagogy with promoting the rights of the reader. In school children are dependent on their teachers to mediate their rights as readers. A great deal of reading that children do in the classroom will be teacher-directed – that is the nature of education from early years to university. Pennac’s work also helps us to reflect on our own reading practices and consider, for example, when it is that we skip pages or just dip into a text.

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