Nearly a Quarter of Teachers can’t Recall any Children’s Poets or Illustrators – We Need to Broaden our Kid Lit Knowledgeposted on 07 Dec 2017
Teachers’ knowledge of children’s literature and other texts is at the heart of enabling reading for pleasure in school. Without rich repertoires we cannot pump passion around the system, nor ensure textual diversity is offered, let alone foster children’s determination and desire to read on, read more widely and enjoy the ride.
But as a profession do we know enough children’s literature? Could you list half a dozen contemporary writers of fantasy, realism, magic or mystery tales? Could you spontaneously enthuse an NQT about the work of award winning picture fiction creators or particular performance poets?