The aim of this text is to help students and teachers create a rich environment for reading, and to develop a principled and secure understanding of the processes and practices involved so that they can bring and keep reading under control. The book places the teaching of reading in a theoretical, political and historical framework, and presents coverage of all key issues. Readers should be able to recognize, evaluate and make considered use of the various beliefs, approaches, routines, resources and assessment procedures that are found in schools. Children's books are discussed and current reading schemes are assessed. Individual teachers are couraged to develop their own practice on firm foundations.