During the second world war, people found solace in the formulaic narratives of historical romances and during the pandemic they could once again provide readers comfort.
Here are some books that will make reading time more enjoyable for children and the adults reading to or with them.
A study shows there is a lack of ethnic and other diversity in award-winning early childhood picture books. This means our children are still getting a narrow window of the world.
From reading more to re-reading safe favourites, there are early signs that the COVID-19 has influenced how and what we are reading.
We know teacher librarians support children's literacy. But school libraries play a more diverse role, including supporting students' well-being.
If families embrace reading as fun and routine and teachers work more closely than before with the families of their students, it's possible that remote learning won't be a huge obstacle to literacy.
To "warm up" a book, use the K-W-L strategy: Talk with your child about what you both KNOW about the subject, what you WONDER and afterwards, what you've LEARNED.
With 52% of 15-year-olds now saying they read only if they have to, experts say a new way of teaching literacy is overdue.
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.