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Reading for Pleasure

Reading for Pleasure is the entitlement of every child, yet how can we foster readers’ desire and engagement?

Our research, a two phase Open University and UK Literacy Association project, examined children’s and teachers’ reading lives, and established effective ways to support Reading for Pleasure (RfP).

Working with 27 schools we gathered evidence of the subject knowledge and pedagogical practices that nurture readers desire to read. The importance of fostering readers’ agency and an informal, social and invitational RfP ethos is key, alongside rich professional repertoires of children’s texts that tempt. To explore the findings and Examples of Teachers’ RfP Practice that reflect them, click on the findings circles.

This RfP website seeks to support a vibrant professional community of teachers, student teachers, librarians, teaching assistants and literacy coordinators. To keep up to date sign up for our monthly newsletter with new books, free PowerPoints for CPD, videos and innovative Examples. Do share your own practice too.

We’ve been getting ready for September with the first delivery of fabulous new books for our class reading areas. Each teacher has selected 5 new texts that reflect the realities of the pupils they will be teaching. So many wonderful titles by so many fantastic authors! 📚


Oooh badges!!!! @OpenUni_RfP @readingagency #trc2021 #readingforpleasure Anyone else taking part? Just finished 2 more wonderful graphic novels - I will have loads to recommend by the end of summer!


@OpenUni_RfP @readingagency
I'm up to 8 books on the #SummerReadingChallenge but someone bought me this for my birthday, so it may be a while until my tally increases! 📚

#glanfam12 pupils enjoyed listening to stories read by #glanfam4 We had so much fun at our booknic!!! #OURfP @OpenUni_RfP @EAS_LLCEnglish @BlaenauGwentCBC @TredegarCouncil

I cannot tell you how lovely it is to see people sharing and using my Summer Reading Adventure map! Thanks for sharing @y1StFinbars @mattheweduk #SummerReadingChallenge #summerreading #readingforpleasure #OURfP

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Illustration by Chris Riddell