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Children--Books and reading; Reading promotion;


Much research has consistently revealed that the percentage of young children choosing to engage in leisure reading is declining. Instead, potential young readers are consumed many other forms of leisure activity such as video games, Internet, computer games, movies, and more. To become lifelong learners, children ought to be motivated to read. The questions explored in this paper are: what are the obstacles to developing avid independent readers and how can we help young children become engaged, recreational readers? This paper presents a review of the literature on reading motivation, reading attitude, and the gender gap in reading.

The information gathered from the exploration of these topics in the literature review, was used to create a leisure reading component for implementation into Camp Adventure™, a well renowned global summer camp. The result is a curriculum intended to successfully engage young people in leisure reading activities. By providing children the opportunity to engage in these activities, the author hopes to increase children's perceived value of and thereby increase their investment in leisure reading. In return this will allow more children to become informed, active and independent minded citizens.

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Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education


Department of Curriculum and Instruction

First Advisor

Kurt Meredith


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