For insightful classics on teaching reading, see:
- Hall, M. & Coles, C. (1999) Children’s Reading Choices, London: Routledge.
- Meek, M. (1988) How Texts Teach What Readers Learn, Stroud: Thimble Press.
- Kress, G. & van Leeuwen, T. (2006) The Grammar of Visual Design, London: Routledge
Approaches to reading are often controversial but there is no dispute about the educational priority that all pupils should achieve competence. For useful surveys of some of the many ongoing debates about the teaching of reading, see:
- Dombey, H. et al (2010). Teaching Reading: What the Evidence Says, Leicester: UKLA.
- Harrison, C. (2004) Understanding Reading Development, London: Sage. (Reading 12.4)
Other recent books of interest include:
- Gamble, N. (2013) Exploring Children's Literature: Reading with Pleasure and Purpose (3rd ed), London: Sage.
- Kress, G. (2010) Multimodality: A Social Semiotic Approach to Contemporary Communication, Abingdon: Routledge.
- Levy, R. A. (2011) Young Children Reading at Home and at School, London: Sage.
- Styles, M. and Arizpe, E. (2002) Children Reading Pictures, London: Routledge