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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.

One of my class came up to me at the end of the afternoon and asked if I had sent @alexrevelyn a tweet to tell her we are enjoying her book. He said he was not only enjoying it but learning a LOT about plants.

A privilege to hear that author-reader connection first hand.

Wonderful impact stories from Ilsham. One pupil observes that reading 'is a calming experience' and another (who used to fret about her skill) now talks only about her enjoyment. Great RfP culture @DcookeDanni @OpenUni_RfP

And another fabulous evaluation of the impact of leaders and teachers. This time at Starcross - through their wonderful RfP work, focused in part on poetry. @Georgielax1 @OpenUni_RfP

It is an absolute privilege to be hearing from subject leaders on the whole school programme right now. Maz from Dartington has shown us a fabulous Wordle of the new authors that teachers have been reading and sharing throughout the year. @OpenUni_RfP

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Illustration by Chris Riddell