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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.

Join us for our conference at The University of Cambridge Primary School.

You will widen your reading repertoire & enrich your RfP practice. Plus, @frankcottrell_b will be there & Norfolk Children’s book Centre are running a giant bookshop! 📚

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Since launching the website in 2017, we've published over 600 examples of practice! 😲

Each EOP demonstrates the impact of research-informed #ReadingforPleasure practice in classrooms.

Check out one of our earliest EOPs by @jonnybid #mydadreads:

Today's personal reading choices #textsthattempt #readingforpleasure @OpenUni_RfP @BooksandChokers @JonathanMeres @neilhimself @AliceOseman @RumbleCoral @crispriestley @philearle 👀❤️📚

The Last Bear really is as good as everyone is saying 🤩 Bravo @HGold_author ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ A must read @OpenUni_RfP @TeresaCremin @one_to_read @UniCamPrimSch

Since 2017, 300+ Teachers' Reading Groups have helped over 7,000 members enrich their understanding of #ReadingforPleasure

Just a few of the impressive statistics we're celebrating as we mark five years of OU RfP 🥳

Read more about our journey:

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Illustration by Chris Riddell