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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.

Please help bookish beauties of Twitter... Can you recommend some short stories/novels for KS1... Recently published please?

@son1bun @Mat_at_Brookes @JennaLucas81 @smithsmm @Misterbodd @one_to_read @royjamesmoss @mattheweduk @BookSuperhero2 @Alibrarylady @KLovesbooks1 #OURfP ❤️

'Reading books helps children to start conversations, spark imagination and support emotional wellbeing.' @TeresaCremin

Enter the Reading for Pleasure Awards and share how you support children to enjoy reading.

We'd love to give your ideas recognition!

On Your Marks, Get Set... Gold! is a fascinating guide to Olympic sports. Loaded with info and beautiful illustrations 🤩 I enjoyed the ‘Sound Like a Pro’ sections. I’m not particularly sporty (shocker!😂) but loved it. Can’t wait to share it in the classroom 🏅


#LetsTalkGraphicNovels purchases on their way to Switzerland! Looking forward to our chat next month. The Undefeated is for my @OpenUni_RfP TRG and When You Trap a 🐅 because it looks so great! #readingforpleasure

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Illustration by Chris Riddell