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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.

Really looking forward to being the final stop on the blog tour for #DragonAndHerBoy by @pennychrimes on Friday. Thoroughly enjoyed interviewing her about such a marvellous story. @HachetteKids

We’ve just finished another wonderful meeting of minds at our @OpenUni_RfP South West London Teachers Reading Group. Lots of good books to add to our growing padlet as well. @TeachStMarys #readingforpleasure

Our library has had a touch of spring today as we start to get ready to welcome all of our children back. We have worked hard to ensure children still have access to beautiful books in a Covid safe environment.@sneintonprimary @OpenUni_RfP #togetherweread #togetherweachieve


Looking Down by Steve Jenkins begins 'If you were an astronaut traveling far out in space and you looked at the earth, what would you see?' A fantastic, wordless text that helps the reader zoom in - perfect for linking geography and reading. #TRGYorks @OpenUni_RfP @The_UKLA

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Illustration by Chris Riddell