Children need to connect with the books that they read

  • Audit, organise and celebrate diversity within books. Take stock of the books available in your school and classrooms and plan future purchases to reflect the interests, lives and experiences of all your students
  • Encourage children to explore personally meaningful content when they read, by introducing reflective literacy practices so that children make connections between what they read and their own interests, lives and experiences
  • Encourage children to reflect on why they want to read, and then find books aligned with this. Books offer all types of reading experiences (e.g., make us laugh, relax, escape to new worlds, offer familiarity, etc).  Choosing a book aligned with our mood has the potential to lead to greater connection with the book.