Lincolnshire TRG: An update from Sarah Bell

It has been a privilege to lead Lincolnshire’s OU RfP TaR group this academic year. Working together, we have gained so much inspiration from the website and have found the audit tools, videos, research and case studies invaluable. We have become a community of readers who share and grow ideas to promote reading for pleasure; […]

South Lanarkshire TRG: An update from Susan Brownlie

South Lanarkshire’s primary and secondary TRG participants, from this year and last, took part an online Celebration Event in May. The event was packed with ideas and inspiration for attendees to use within their schools, thanks to the work of presenting practitioners from both sectors. Our secondary teachers were excited to hear about the diverse […]

Reading TRG: an update from Miranda White & Jackie Wilcocks

The group reached session 5 and celebrated with a visit from author and poet A F Harold (see photo). Even more importantly, they shared their wonderful development projects and are hoping to publish 10 examples of practice to the website! Great work achieved and a huge impact on the children they are working with.

Rochdale TRG: an update from Clare McGreevy

Rochdale held their final TRG meeting in mid-May. It was a fantastic occasion with many members sharing their marvellous Examples of Practice. Amongst other memorable presentations, a case study from Vicki (a secondary school librarian) showed how Reading Aloud doesn’t need to stop at the end of primary! Indeed, RA has a vital and enjoyable role […]

Celebrating Five Years of Reading for Pleasure!

We are delighted to be celebrating five years of the Open University (OU) Reading for Pleasure (RfP) coalition! Since 2017, we have experienced incredible growth and have been part of some brilliantly successful social-justice driven projects and initiatives. In fact, it is estimated that our research has influenced the reading lives of over 180,000 children* […]

North Lanarkshire TRG: an update from Erin Houston.

Despite spring being the most hectic term ever, Session 4 was very good. Our core group of experts are School Librarians, Primary and Secondary, a useful mix. Great poetry books and non-fiction books suggestions shared from all. We were very lucky to have Jennifer Horan, Chair of the Board of Judges, share the Carnegie 2022 […]

Nechells, Birmingham TRG: an update from Louisa Farrow

There have been seven ITT students in the Nechells TRG group this year, all keen to build their knowledge of children’s literature as well as to hone their practice. We have done plenty of book sharing and there are some interesting projects coming along. ‘The Sunflower Sisters’ by Monika Singh Gangotra was a real favourite and sparked […]

Waterstones Book Prize 2022

The Waterstones Children’s Book Prize is an annual award given to a work of children’s literature published during the previous year.

The Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize 2021

The Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize aims to promote literacy in young people and to inspire them to read about science. It also supports the writing of excellent, accessible STEM books for under-14s.

South Lanarkshire Secondary TRG: an update from Susan Brownlie

We focused on book talk and reading recommendations, sharing tips and examples, whilst also making time so participants could chat about their work on their individual examples of practice. We were delighted to welcome Jennifer Horan, Chair of Judges for the Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals 2022, along to talk to us about this year’s […]

East Midlands TRG: An Update from Jayne Carter

The Lincoln Anglican Academy Trust met for session two recently. The group are getting on with their planning particularly well, having each chosen one clear aspect of RfP pedagogy for their development. With the acceptance that we ‘can’t change the world in a year‘ this is keeping us on track with an emphasis on why we […]

25 Ways to Celebrate World Book Day

Download this list of 25 ways to celebrate World Book Day! This list is a richly compiled range of ideas, that we were delighted to contribute to. We’ve been working with the team at WBD for some time now, alongside their other partners CLPE and NLT, helping underpin their new approach with research evidence. Exciting […]

2022 Read for Empathy Book Collection

EmpathyLab has announced its 2022 Read for Empathy collection on 26 January  – 60 diverse, empathy-rich books for 4-16 year olds . These can be used in homes, schools and libraries to build children’s empathy skills and understanding, and give them new horizon-widening experiences. Look out for the free downloadable Guides, here. “The pandemic has […]

Free Badged Online Reading for Pleasure Course

Explore current theory, research and debates around supporting children’s reading engagement in this free online course, Developing Reading for Pleasure: Engaging Young Readers. Aimed at teachers, teaching assistants, school leaders,  reading volunteers, parents and all those interested in nurturing children’s reading, participants will gain knowledge and strategies to help promote reading for pleasure across schools, […]

Canterbury TRG 2: An update from Tracy Parvin

Swalecliffe Community school have had their own TRG for the last 3 years, joined by a cross-section of the school community and the owners of a local independent book shop. Online meetings have led to us gaining a visiting member, Amelia, the 12-year-old daughter of one participant, who has offered us a unique insight into […]

OU RfP Newsletter LIVE!

Tuesday 7th December, 8pm – 9pm After the success of last year, we’re delighted to host another OU RfP Newsletter Live, a rapid-fire virtual event dedicated to the latest in Reading for Pleasure. With Professor Teresa Cremin hosting, this virtual event will cover a range of useful topics to help you enrich your practice and […]

Winners of the 2021 Booknics

After a busy summer of ‘Booknic’-ing (picnicking with books), we received some wonderful photos of children and staff alike enjoying some dedicated al fresco reading time. There were so many brilliantly creative ways you chose to host your Booknics and we were impressed with all of them, so a huge well done to all that […]