Sacred Spaces: Bonding Over Books

Proceedings of The 6th International Conference on Research in Education, Teaching and Learning

Year: 2023



Sacred Spaces: Bonding Over Books

Dr. Jo-Ann Netto-Shek




Exposing children to a wide range of reading experiences is important. When children have positive reading experiences, they are inclined to read for leisure. In this presentation, I discuss the principles of reading experiences that include talk and play that children naturally include when reading (Rowe, 1998, 2000; Sipe, 2002). I then demonstrate how these experiences are different from reading experiences focused on decoding alone. By observing parents and teachers share these reading experiences with children in home and school settings, four oral and behavioural interactions that parents and teachers use to engender positive associations of reading in children are then presented. I argue that these interactions engender in children the confidence to read recreationally and develop in children a sense of connectedness and community that is important for the development of secure identities in children.

keywords: reading experiences for children, love for reading, recreational reading, lifelong reading, bonding with parents and teachers