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Reading engagement

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Creating engaged readers takes commitment to developing a school-wide reading culture that actively encourages, supports, and models reading for pleasure. Fluent and reflective reading improves literacy, social skills and well-being, and enables independent learning. We offer advice and support for creating a school-wide reading culture with the school library at its heart.

Contents

Students love reading graphic novels.

Understanding reading engagement

When students are engaged readers, literacy and learning outcomes, and social and emotional well-being both improve. Creating engaged readers requires a partnership approach from schools, school libraries, families and whānau, and public libraries.
Boy reading.

Libraries supporting readers

Explore strategies for creating reader-friendly environments and policies that ensure students have access to a range of reading material, services and support.​
Jigsaw artwork response to children's literature.

Children's and youth literature

Children’s and young adult (YA) literature is rich and diverse, spanning multiple formats and genre. Increase your knowledge and understanding of the literature, and discover strategies to evaluate and promote it to engage students in reading.
A father and his son reading together.

Family, whānau and community connections

When school staff, school and public libraries, and families and whānau work together they form the community of support needed to create students who read for pleasure.
Teacher reading

Teachers as readers

Teachers help students become readers when they understand the importance of reading for pleasure and are reading role models. This requires you to know your students, know children’s literature and to share your enthusiasm for reading.
Strategies to create readers.

Strategies to engage students as readers

Explore a range of strategies you can use in the school library, classroom or across the curriculum to encourage and support students to read for pleasure.
A woman reading in a hammock by a beach.

Summer reading

Find out about the role that schools, school libraries, public libraries, and families have in helping prevent the summer reading slide among some students.
Videos.

Videos

Find out more about successful school libraries, reading engagement, or digital literacy in schools. Use the filters to find videos about each of these focus areas, or about a specific topic.

Stories

These stories showcase innovative, imaginative and successful initiatives that school librarians and teachers around NZ have implemented for the benefit of their students and teaching colleagues.