Children still benefit from being read to after they’ve learned to read by themselves.
Shared reading has many benefits. Among them, it can help your child develop a bigger vocabulary.
An extraordinary tale: Dan Mallory.
The strange story of the author one of 2018's bestselling novels reveals a lot about some careers at the top end of publishing.
Children need to be able to see themselves in the books they read.
Children from minority groups rarely see themselves reflected in the books they read. This can negatively impact their sense of identity and their literacy levels.
Generating new entertainment data.
For decades, advertisers and marketers struggled to predict the consumption of leisure products such as movies and books. Now, big data reveals how people really spend their leisure time.
The thousand and one lives of the paper book.
Are the stacks of books in your library still alive? Why keep them if they are not? Why does our attachment to the printed word not waver in the face of its digital counterpart?
Librarians are qualified to help struggling readers enjoy and improve at reading.
If schools and policy-makers want to boost children's literacy, they should invest in teacher librarians.
Michael Bloomberg gave Johns Hopkins $1.8 billion in 2018.
AP Photo/Patrick Semansky
When the only fixes getting funded are designed to leave the status quo intact, the results of philanthropy inevitably fall short.
Families come in all shapes and sizes, and Australian picture books are starting to reflect that.
In Australian picture books, family representation has been overwhelmingly traditional. But this may be changing.
The beach is a common setting for Australian novels, which often capture its darker side.
While tourism campaigns often portray the beach as an idyllic, isolated haven, many of our beach stories depict it as a darker, more complex place. Here are ten worth reading.
Reading a treasured gift.
Christmas annuals are still found countless trees but how did they become some popular in the first place?
A Nal'ibali World Read Aloud Day in Soweto, South Africa.
Parents often see reading as "school business" - something that teachers are responsible for.
Factors ranging from the timing of a book’s release to its subject matter can determine whether it will crack the vaunted list.
It's easier to make the list than you might think.
A cheesy book.
As societal habits change so too does language and metaphors.
It makes sense for children in the early stages of learning to read to be given decodable books.
Children in the early stages of learning to read should be given decodable books to practise and generalise their developing alphabetic skills.
Anne Summers photographed in 2013 with Julia Gillard.
Many harsh things are said in Summers' book. It’s difficult to decide whether to praise its “breathtaking honesty” – as critics undoubtedly will – or draw back like a witness to some gruesome accident.
Children with access to books reach higher levels of education.
The Victorian opposition has pledged funding for "decodable readers" which focus only on sounds. But kids prefer to read rich texts.
The Railway Depot furnace at Kaserne, Johannesburg in 1971. Banned and confiscated books and magazines were burnt weekly.
South Africa has a history of burning books. The ashes of burnt books tell of the barbarism to which a society can descend.
Boys typically read less frequently and perform worse on national and international reading assessments than girls.
Girls are encouraged more often to read, despite performing better in reading assessments nationally and internationally. Here's how parents and educators can help connect boys with books.
In her new book, Ford examines how boys are inducted into ‘toxic masculinity’ – and argues we need to raise boys better.
Ford works toward dismantling the idea that feminism is harming men. Instead, she proposes that a patriarchal society can be as harmful and destructive for individual men as it can be for women.
Comet in the sky, 1340. Wellcome Collection
Science fiction has been around for centuries.