Purpose – This paper presents a summary of international research in the field of family reading, a subject which refers both to the development of the literacy skills of family members, and to their shared process of reading. \ud \ud Design/methodology/approach – It begins by defining the key terms in family reading, then introduces the research methods employed in research in this area. \ud \ud Findings – Research specifically focusing on parents is presented, with particular reference to young parents and fathers in prison. The issue of intergenerational reading is also introduced, whereby (in this instance) the young and the elderly share experiences via reading. The final theme of the paper is that of families sharing reading for pleasure, and public reading events for families are described. The paper concludes with a series of barriers to family reading, and a suggested model of effective family reading, for families and communities in any country. \ud \ud Research limitations/implications – In a paper of this scale and length, it is impossible to give more than a limited perspective of international research on family reading, yet the author believes that sufficient examples are given – and the research methods sufficiently globally applicable – for the paper to be of theoretical and practical value to public and school librarians, and academics. \ud \ud Originality/value – The paper collates and reflects on examples of international research and practice, whilst providing a solid framework of research methods in the area of family reading.\u
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