Teresa is a professor of education at the Open University and an avid reader of children’s books. Her research with UKLA established that primary teachers, whilst frequently keen adult readers, may not be as knowledgeable as they would like to be about children’s literature (Cremin et al, 2008). Consequently, Teresa led the "Teachers as Readers: Building Communities of Readers"project in 2008-9, which developed a reading for pleasure pedagogy and demonstrated the difference ‘Reading Teachers - teachers who read and readers who teach’ can make to children’s pleasure in reading and their attainment as readers. Recently Teresa, who is a Board member of Booktrust, the Poetry Archive and UKLA, has been exploring the nature of extra-curricular reading in primary and secondary schools when young people shadow the Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals.
Why did you get involved in Oxford BookMatch? I believe passionately that as teachers we can never know enough literature.