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New Zealand Researchers Study the Benefits of Children Engaging in Pleasure Reading
Auckland University of Technology’s (AUT) Ruth Boyask, Celeste Harrington, and John Milne write the following for The Conversation:
Encouraging children to read for pleasure—which is different from it being a school task—has all kinds of benefits, as highlighted in the first comprehensive review of reading for pleasure in Aotearoa New Zealand.
The review is one of three reports commissioned from AUT by the National Library as part of its Putoi Rito Communities of Readers initiative. The researchers looked at international and national research on reading for pleasure, finding very little on the topic in New Zealand. What research there has been has had little influence on policy.
The review’s main conclusion is that reading for pleasure is a beneficial social activity where everyone has a role to play in distributing those benefits.
Parents should feel reassured, however, that this doesn’t mean they need to be ‘teachers’. Simply supporting their children’s enjoyment of reading is relatively easy to do and has been shown to be very good for children’s overall development and health.
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