In England, reading scores rank among the lowest in the Western world – 22nd out of 24 countries.
It’s time to take a hard look at how we’re teaching reading. Methods matter. So do the findings of literacy research. We have almost a quarter century of studies that document how literacy blooms wherever students have access to books they want to read, permission to choose their own, and time to get lost in them.
Enticing collections of literature—interesting books written at levels they can decode with accuracy and comprehend with ease—are key to children becoming skilled, thoughtful, avid readers.