In this short piece Robyn Ewing draws on the work of key researchers to explain why reading imaginative literature is so important for early childhood, primary and secondary classrooms. Stories, she argues, are central to our meaning-making processes. Robyn cites several key points from articles that demonstrate critical learnings such as vocabulary development, language structures of different genres and intellectual challenges. An over privileging of contrived texts she further argues will fail to nurture children’s imaginations. Therefore, we must be sure rich literature is at the heart of every classroom.

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