A Longitudinal Study on Primary School Students’ Reasons for Liking and Disliking Children’s Books

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KARTAL H., Beşer R.

Okuma yazma eğitimi araştırmaları (Online), vol.11, no.1, pp.1-24, 2023 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier


The love of reading can be gained through qualified children's books and bringing them together with children. With this in mind, a longitudinal study was conducted to determine the children's books that primary school students like and dislike and why they like and dislike them. The study was conducted in accordance with the case study method, a qualitative research design that emphasises 'why' questions in line with the purpose of the study. The research group consisted of students studying in a primary school in a district of Bursa. The same students were interviewed in the second and fourth grades. The research data were collected in the spring semesters of 2017 and 2019 through the responses given by the students two years apart to two open-ended questions prepared in line with the purpose. The findings of the research indicated that Keloğlan series of books in the second grade and Levent series of books in the fourth grade were the most liked books among the primary school students. Among the reasons for liking books, both in the second and fourth grades of the primary school students participating in the research, the most common reasons were the characteristics related to the subject and fiction of the books. Among the reasons for not liking books at all or liking them very little, the students, both in the second and fourth grades, most frequently stated in the first place that books did not allow them to laugh, get excited and dream. The results of the research indicated that the books that primary school students liked the most were the books that made them laugh, get excited and dream in both the second and fourth grades. It is thought that taking these results into consideration in the organization of the classroom and school libraries will increase the desire to read and the frequency of reading.