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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.

What a huge surprise we had today…an exciting envelope arrived! A special poster and message from @NickSharratt1 Thank you! @_Reading_Rocks_ @OpenUni_RfP @HolyFamilyScho1


I’ve got a duplicate copy of this brilliant book to give away. Simply like, retweet and follow to be entered into a prize draw! I’ll draw a name next weekend. UK only. @OpenUni_RfP

Spiritualism, photography, and literature are brilliantly combined to shape Silas’s journey @RJPalacio

But love is the red thread 🧶So rich. Still pondering all the connections
One to own, keep and give to others too @OpenUni_RfP @Teacherglitter @_Reading_Rocks_

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Illustration by Chris Riddell