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Libraries and Society by Wendy Evans, David P. Baker

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Children’s reading habits and attitudes

Sally Maynard

Introduction

The importance of reading undertaken in childhood cannot be overestimated; it provides a foundation for the acquisition of knowledge as well as for a love of reading for pleasure. The strength of this foundation depends not only on the encouragement children receive from parents and teachers, but also on the efforts of those who work in children’s libraries. Indeed, the role played by libraries and librarians in providing access to reading material cannot be over-emphasised.

The significance of literacy and the development of reading skills are issues which have been reinforced by their becoming a priority at government level. Initiatives such as a second government-funded ...

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