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Children's Literature: Reading for Pleasure

A Library Services Subject Guide

Reading for Pleasure and the Teaching Resources Collection

If you are considering becoming a teacher it is important that you develop a knowledge of children's books so you are in a position to recommend the right book to the right child at the right time.  In the Teaching Resources Collection at BGU we have an excellent children's literature collection. It includes classic and contemporary novels, picture books by all your favourite authors and illustrators (plus lots of new ones to discover), and a comprehensive poetry collection.   Click below for our guide to Resources for Reading for Pleasure.

Reading for Pleasure and the CLPE

The Centre for Literacy in Primary Education  (CLPE) provides a wealth of information to promote reading and the enjoyment of reading. Here are links to three of their publications. Their website is well worth checking out for ideas, activities and resources.

Research and Reports on Reading for Pleasure

In 2012 The Department for Education published Research Evidence on Reading for Pleasure. The first section of the document highlights research evidence on reading for pleasure from domestic and international literature; exploring evidence on the trends and benefits of independent reading amongst both primary and secondary-aged children, as well as why children read. The second section covers the evidence on what works in promoting reading for pleasure.


In June 2018 the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education published Reflecting Realities: a Survey of Ethnic Representations within UK Children's Literature.  It included the worrying statistic that only 1% of children's books published in 2017 for the 3-11 year-old age group included a main character from a Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic (BAME) background. The statistics also revealed that only 4% of books contain BAME characters.


In June 2018 the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education published Reflecting Realities: a Survey of Ethnic Representations within UK Children's Literature.  It included the worrying statistic that only 1% of children's books published in 2017 for the 3-11 year-old age group included a main character from a Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic (BAME) background. The statistics also revealed that only 4% of books contain BAME characters.