n Mousaion - Tendense in Afrikaanse kinderboeke as rigtingwysers tot leesbevordering

Special issue 2
  • ISSN : 0027-2639



Reading promotion is important, not only in terms of a child's development, but also in terms of issues regarding high levels of literacy and a reading nation. One way to ensure that children develop a love of stories and reading is to listen and pay attention to their preferences. It is a reality that, in line with the top-down principle, decisions regarding what the child should read and what the child likes, are made on his/her behalf. Major changes after 1990, such as the end of the privileged position of Afrikaans within the government system and the consequent collapse of the school and library market, have led to a new approach - the more reader-directed approach - which entails that publishers and authors have begun to ask: "What do children want to read?" With the emphasis on findings regarding the reading preferences of Afrikaans-speaking children (seven to 12 years), some trends in the categories visual appearance, themes, content, language and book series are discussed. These trends are not a form of reading promotion, but act as indicators for reading promotion in so far as they present a directed platform as to what would appeal to the child.

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