Reading by Right: Successful Strategies to Ensure Every Child Can Read to Succeed

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Foreword by Chris Riddell, UK Children's Laureate, 2015-2017

Literacy has now been recognized as a human right for over 50 years in several international declarations and initiatives. Every child has a right to read and we have a social responsibility, as parents, teachers, librarians, publishers, booksellers, campaigners and policy makers to ensure that they are able to exercise that right.

Reading by Right: Successful Strategies to Ensure Every Child Can Read to Succeed provides a collection of chapters from international experts covering aspects of overcoming reading difficulties or reading reluctance in children and young people. The book reveals strategies that are proving effective in overcoming barriers to reading from birth to teens, looking at practices and projects from around the globe and revealing some common principles and drivers that have generated success. Content covered includes:


  • an examination of the current state of reading in the UK and internationally and what the latest research tells us about children who are failing to read;
  • how youngsters become "reluctant readers" and how to improve the situation for everyone;
  • examples of successful projects from the Republic of Korea and Finland, countries that consistently perform well in reading tests and international league tables; and
  • analysis of diversity in publishing and children’s books, drawing on expertise from authors and publishers.

This book will be valuable for readers from all those professions that engage with young people and families and with the development of literacy, including librarians; teachers;  service managers; consultants and other professional practitioners; and also to concerned parents.


Foreword  – Chris Riddell

Introduction – Joy Court

1. Supporting every child to read – Alexandra Strick and Wendy Cooling

2. Listening to their voices: what research tells us about readers – Teri S. Lesesne

3. Becoming a reluctant reader – Prue Goodwin

4. Reading Club: a case study from Finland – Mervi Heikkilä and Sara Tuisku

5. Trained reading helpers: Beanstalk’s magic ingredient – Ginny Lunn and Hilary Mason

6. Let all children experience the joy of reading: promoting children’s reading in Korea – Yeojoo Lim

7. Reflecting readers: ensuring that no one is excluded – Jake Hope

8. Pulling in reluctant readers: strategies for school librarians – Alison Brumwell

9. Not just for the avid reader: inclusive Carnegie and Kate Greenaway shadowing – Amy McKay and Joy Court

10. Listen up! How audiobooks support literacy– Rose Brock

11. Reading the future – Jake Hope






Joy Court

Joy Court is Chair of the CILIP Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Medals Working Party. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and of the English Association and a Trustee and National Council member of UKLA. She is Reviews Editor for The School Librarian and author of Read to Succeed.

”This is an essential toolkit for anyone working with children’s reading. Alongside the research there are many practical ideas for parents, librarians and teachers to take reading forward. Carrying this book around is the equivalent of having a vast library of information at your fingertips, curated by some of the finest librarians and experts."
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”Some strategies include volunteer tutors, student input, illustrated and graphic novels, and book award shadowing ... This book would best be utilized by library systems but could also be useful to an enterprising and creative individual librarian."
— School Library Journal

”Provides the reader with many excellent examples of how to engage with children and young people in developing their reading skills. The key elements include allowing children to have ownership of their reading material. No material is inappropriate. Allow them to read picture books, graphic novels, educational graphic novels, non-fiction, audiobooks, etc. Allow them to play instead of reading if they prefer. Develop games that incorporate the books you’d like them to be reading. Support them in developing their own reading habits. Encourage reading for pleasure. The book provides an excellent bibliography throughout and also websites for further study on this topic. I am inspired to see how much of what I have learnt from this book I can bring to my library service."
— An Leabharlann