Love to Read

Love to Read

Co-designing a programme, with children and teachers, to motivate and engage child readers

Open research

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Phase 1 aims:

1) To understand and describe the breadth and diversity of children’s book reading experiences.

2) To understand and describe school-based practices which children feel would encourage them, and their peers, to enjoy and read more books.

Phase 1 preregistration is available here:


Phase 2 aims:

1) To co-design (researcher-teacher collaboration) a programme to motivate and engage child readers which is underpinned by relevant theory, research, and children’s insights.

2) To evaluate the co-design process, from participating teachers’ and researchers’ perspectives.

Phase 2 preregistration is available here:


Phase 3 aims:


1) To evaluate the acceptability and feasibility of the Love to Read programme in primary school classrooms, as measured by quantity and duration of implementation.

Additional aims:

  • To evaluate changes in children’s reading motivation, engagement, and knowledge, skills and behaviours associated with the six principles from pre to post-test.
  • To understand teachers’ perspectives of acceptability, feasibility and contribution to children’s outcomes and their own professional development.
  • To understand children’s perspectives and experiences of the Love to Read programme.

Phase 3 preregistration is available here:


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