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30 April 2007 PR 07/54

Helping children explore the world of reading

A guide to children’s fiction aimed at helping young people explore the world of reading has been published by Loughborough University.

‘Who Next…?’ is produced by LISU, a research centre based in the University’s Department of Information Science, and is now in its third edition. With a foreword by the hugely popular writer Jacqueline Wilson, this latest guide lists over 500 children’s authors, including more than 100 not listed in the previous edition.

For the first time, the guide also gives information on graphic novels, talking books and titles suitable for dyslexic or reluctant readers.

‘Who Next…?’ is designed primarily as an information source for parents, teachers and librarians, to help encourage children to enjoy reading. When a child has exhausted all the works of their favourite author, you can simply look them up to find a list of others who write in a similar way, and whose work will supply the answer to the question ‘what can I read now?’. The most popular titles by each author are listed, along with their best-known characters and series, to give an idea of where to start.

The book is arranged in three age groups, corresponding to Key Stages 1, 2 and 3: 5-7 years, 8-11 years and 12-14 years. There are links between the age groups, and information on genres and prize winners. The editors – Viv Warren and Mary Yardley – are experienced children’s librarians, and, to refine their selections, have drawn on a team of expert advisers with first hand knowledge of children’s reading.

LISU’s Director, Claire Creaser, said: “Reading for pleasure is only one of many activities competing for children’s time in the 21st century. Reading is recognised as being important for intellectual growth and to stimulate the imagination. ‘Who next…?’ can help at that vital stage when a child is ready to move on to a new author or a more advanced text, with suggestions to guide them through the maze of titles available.

“Who next…? has been compiled by experts in children’s reading, and represents the combined expertise of a lot of people who are passionate about helping children to get the best out of books. As Jacqueline Wilson says in her introduction, it is wonderful when children get hooked on reading, and I feel that this book will help parents, teachers and librarians to keep them hooked.”

The book is priced at £14.49 and is available from LISU. For further information call 01509 635680 or email lisu@lboro.ac.uk


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Notes for editors:

  1. ‘Who next…?’ a guide to children’s authors, paperback, ISBN 9781905499069 is published at £14.49 (post paid UK and a 17.5% trade discount on orders over 10 copies).
  2. A jpeg image of the front cover of ‘Who Next…?’ is available upon request to the Public Relations Office.
  3. Review copies of ‘Who Next…?’ are available for the media upon request to the Public Relations Office.
  4. LISU is a national research and consultancy centre which aims to promote good management practice in information, cultural and academic services, through providing independent advice and support for advocacy, performance evaluation and enhancement. It is based in the Research School of Informatics and the Department of Information Science at Loughborough University. For further information visit: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/departments/dis/lisu
  5. Viv Warren was formerly Head of Library Services to Children and Young People in East Sussex. Now retired, she was recently Chair of Brighton & Hove’s Early Years Development and Childcare Partnership and is on the governing board of several schools. Mary Yardley was formerly Head of Information Management in East Sussex and currently job shares for Somerset Library and Information Service as Senior Librarian – Stock and Community.
  6. Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research, strong links with industry and unrivalled sporting achievement.

    It is a member of the esteemed 1994 Group – a set of internationally recognised, research-intensive universities – and has a reputation for the relevance of its work. Its degree programmes are highly regarded by professional institutions and businesses, and its graduates are consistently targeted by the UK’s top recruiters.

    Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

    In the 2006 National Student Survey, the University gained a top five place, with nine out of Loughborough’s 23 departments topping their subject tables. Loughborough was also placed 6th in the 2007 Times Good University Guide and was named winner of the 2006 THES award for the UK’s Best Student Experience. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded five Queen's Anniversary Prizes – an achievement bettered by no other university.

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