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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.

3/3 A stunning read. I completely loved it and it would be a crime not to read it this month❤️ October, October by @katyabalen, illustrated by the incredibly talented @ANGELACHARDING & published by @BloomsburyBooks ❤️ @StephanieHilde6 @The_UKLA @OpenUni_RfP #bestkidsbooks #ourfp

Finished this today during our DEAR time. @jillmq80 recommended it during last years TRG and that’s me only got round to reading it. Oh my goodness what a beautiful and emotional story. Favourite of the year🤍 @OpenUni_RfP #ReadingTeacher #OURfP

Do you want to learn more about family reading? 🌈
Build stronger partnerships? Then please join us for this free webinar. The chance to discuss too @OpenUni_CLSJ @OpenUni_RfP @OUpgECY

Have added a few more independent children's bookshops to the map this week. They can all deliver, their prices are competitive and they're unlikely to spend any profits they make on self-indulgent space travel. Please share. #childrensbookshops

A lovely morning in Whitley Bay with my teenagers, first visit to ‘the bound’ @ForumBooks, great shop and very helpful staff, a great charity haul from St Oswald’s book shop and finally a coffee at Spanish City! @NTynesideTRG @OpenUni_RfP

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Illustration by Chris Riddell