While most of us were on holiday, a team of Massey University education researchers ran an ambitious project aimed at halting the ‘summer slide’ usually suffered by struggling readers. Promising early results suggest they’ve made an important breakthrough. Bevan Rapson writes.
Some of you may blame Bilbo Baggins. Some of you will inculpate The Famous Five. Or perhaps, if you are of a more recent generation, it will have been Harry Potter or some teen vampire. The culprits are varied. Myself, I blame the likes of Dr Dolittle, Tintin and Asterix. In the warm haven that was the Palmerston North library, close by my family home, they and their kind got me hooked on reading. Steve Maharey writes.