that reading for pleasure is more important to a child’s educational achievement than their family’s wealth or social class. But how to inspire children to ditch the tech (e-readers excepted) and get into reading for fun?
Having a couple of nice books in the book corner won’t necessarily cut it anymore, especially if your students’ parents/carers don’t have a reading habit. So, here are some great teaching resources and ideas which will help you to encourage all your students to become lifelong readers and turn your school into a reading school.
We start with some inspiring resources from the . For fabulous ideas on creating a reading culture check out The big book bash. It’s full of ideas from holding a whole school celebration to setting up blind dates with a book.
If you want to give parents some quick guidance on how to encourage their children to read these top tips sheets are really handy; this sheet is for three-to-seven year-olds and this one for eight-to-11-year-olds. Don’t give up on the teens, here are some . The books don’t have to be too wordy, here are some great ideas for – and their breadth and depth might take you by surprise.
between older and younger pupils is a great way to increase confidence and reading skills of older pupils as well as helping early years and reception-aged children to experience the thrills of reading. This paired reading toolkit from the has some more great ideas on how reading with other children works.
Getting parents and carers to read at home with their children is vital. The , the UK’s first hands-on story museum, has some engaging tips to help families enjoy books via these story book activity cards.
Librarian and children’s author has years of experience of engaging families in reading. Find tips on and .
For the ultimate inspiration on what to read, send students to . They’ll find fantastic reviews and recommendations for books written by their peers, as well as inspiration from authors. Individual children can and contribute their own reviews to the site, as well as getting opportunities to receive free books and question authors. in the fun as a collective. The Guardian’s is ready to deal with children’s book-related problems, such as where are all the funny books for teenagers?
Also see the ‘s invaluable online , to find the perfect book for all ages and tastes. And, there are more ideas on what books to give for Christmas from the Guardian’s children’s books team in.
The is on a mission is to give everyone an equal chance to become confident and enthusiastic readers. The charity coordinates Chatterbooks groups run in libraries and schools. Download this month’s Christmas hols-themed pack and find out more about more about .
This is for anyone thinking of . Check out the Reading Agency’s project for something a little bit different.
Here are some great tips and hints for running a children’s bookclub from the (CLPE). Also see this teaching sequence based on Alexis Deacon’s Beegu for years 1 and 2, part of the CLPE’s Power of Reading project. The sequence helps children to become deeply involved in the text through creative approaches and develop into more reflective readers, plus it is fully updated to include requirements for the national curriculum 2014. is also a really useful list for a rich reading curriculum.
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