Ways to promote reading in school

  • Timetabled visits to the school library for every class and year group
  • Author visits to school
  • Book weeks
  • Good classroom libraries
  • Reading Champions ( www.literacytrust.org.uk/reading_champions ) and buddy reading
  • Recommended reading lists
  • Chatterbooks groups (The Reading Agency www.readinggroups.org )
  • Book related displays in library and classrooms
  • 'Get caught reading' displays
  • INSET day session in library
  • Timetabled library slots for each class or year group
  • Induction sessions for all new staff
  • Reading aloud with pupils
  • Competitions
  • Displays
  • Take pupils to select/purchase books from local bookshops
  • Role models, and images of them with their favourite books
  • Author of the month
  • Bookmark reviews for pupils to complete
  • Book trails
  • Library reading news on school website
  • Suggestions box/list
  • Peer recommendations
  • Public library: membership, input into the school, class visits

Ways to involve parents and the wider community in reading

  • Newsletter articles
  • Open evenings
  • Library open on parents' evenings
  • Library volunteers
  • Sponsorship parent/child (Readathon www.readathon.org )
  • Book fairs
  • Book buddies
  • Displays and book lists for Y6 transition
  • Encourage parents to borrow
  • Link with local bookshops
  • Link with local library
  • Ask pupils to ask their parents what was/is their favourite book - display
  • Invite reviews from parents and other adults


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