Recent studies on literacy confirm that a child’s reading skills are important to their success in personal development, school life and work later on in life. Reading is not only beneficial to the education and development of children but it can also be a lot of fun for them. It can be an imaginative activity which opens doors to all kinds of new sounds, words and phrases for them to communicate and express themselves in a better way.
Reading should be promoted and encouraged through every stage of a child’s school life, from pre-school right through to secondary school. During school, it is vital that teachers actively promote reading both independently and in groups.
In order to maximise the success of pupils, every classroom should be equipped with a designated reading area and reading should be a fundamental part of each school day.
Creating a classroom library will enable teachers to provide a source of books for children who may not otherwise have the opportunity to indulge in reading. A classroom library also facilitates teachers with the resources to set reading-based homework which will actively encourage children to read at home.
How to create your classroom library or book corner
A library should provide age appropriate books from a wide range of genres.