Great stories move and they challenge. They draw attention to diverse social and cultural issues and to the transformative potential of empathy. But they can be difficult too.
Sci-fi, fantasy and rom-coms: books with LGBTQIA+ characters are as diverse as their readers.
Books where loving someone from the other side of the tracks is about better understanding ourselves and the world we live in.
You don't have to understand or even like every poem you read.
A federal court with jurisdiction over Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee found that the state governments have a legal obligation to ensure that children can learn how to read.
Our relationships with characters from books and screen – called parasocial relationships – serve many of the same functions as our friendships with real people, minus the infection risks.
Books were an important weapon on the home front in the second world war.
Sometimes you can understand more of the world from the comfort of your own home
A children's novelist chooses her favourite books to keep young people happy and absorbed while stuck at home.
Last year saw the first cohort of English literature students who were born in or beyond 2000 – the so-called digital generation. I wanted to know whether the classics still affected their lives.
Some graphic novels can spur teens’ engagement with social justice issues.
We created a reading-machine that finds poetry hidden in plain sight in popular books. In doing so, we are exploring Natural Language Processing, Machine Learning and reading in a digitised world.
Closing the reading achievement gap continues to be a pressing global challenge.
Two literacy scholars share their concerns about growing pressure on educators to emphasize phonics to teach reading. In their view, critiques of other methods often rest on a false premise.
We have transitioned from a literate culture to one that values speed, immediacy and the decoding of small grabs of words in search for information. But old and new ways of reading can co-exist.
Books improve kids' vocabulary, challenge gender stereotypes, teach maths and science concepts and help foster the imagination. Here are some suggestions of picture books that do all these things.
The benefits from shared storybook reading do not depend on whether books are bought, borrowed or new or used. Some suggested read-aloud books for children aged about kindergarten to Grade 2.
Reading books from people with diverse backgrounds is good for kids.
Australian education is still going backwards from where we started in 2000 – new PISA results show.
Every three years, the OECD releases its Programme for International Student Assessment results. Last time, Australia's education system was doing much worse than some other countries. Has it changed?