The importance of students reading for pleasure, to develop literacy skills and academic achievement, has been well-documented in New Zealand’s educational policies and guidelines, and international research.
In the Competent children, competent learners longitudinal study, the New Zealand Council for Educational Research (NZCER) highlighted that students reading for pleasure in their own time and at school was one of the critical factors for a successful pathway into adulthood.
The Ministry of Education website Education Counts is a one-stop shop for education statistics and research, including Māori and Pasifika learner including information about the importance of reading.
Creating a school-wide reading culture (YouTube video)
In the video Creating a school-wide reading culture staff and students from Auckland's Mahurangi College and Kingsford Primary School share insights on reading for pleasure, how it links to literacy, and what they do to get everyone in the school reading.
Competent children, competent learners
Scottish Book Trust
Reading for pleasure — a door to success