Christina Quaine

School reading corners: do they actually help?


Is all the work that teachers put into creating a fancy ‘book nook’ worth it in terms of encouraging more children to read and, ultimately, improving literacy? Christina Quaine finds out

School reading corners: do they actually help?

Squishy bean bags? Tick. Jazzy floor rugs? You bet. Carefully curated book displays that would look right at home in Foyles? Yep. Elaborate papier mâché installation of The Gruffalo, complete with its own deep, dark wood? Naturally.

Reading corners have become a common sight in primary classrooms and, depending on your point of view, they can be a joy to put together or another job that requires time and resources you just don’t have.

The idea is that they are a welcoming space in which children can foster a love of books, but what is the evidence for them?

According to a 2017 report ...

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