North Devon TRG – update by Amy Le Bredonchel

To coincide with our Character Curriculum themes, every class across the school reads the same text. It’s been wonderful to see the glory of story time fill the school each day. The children have loved the books and many dressed up as the characters for World Book Day. A big favourite has been The Wild […]

Leyburn TRG – update from Sarah Beveridge

Although the Leyburn TRG is currently quite small, we made up for this last term by arranging a Children’s Book Festival for years 5 and 6 at our local library! Four local schools were involved, including their enthusiastic Reading Teachers: teachers who read and readers who teach. At this event, we shared books, had a […]

Wangaratta, Australia TRG – update from Susan Rook

The Wangaratta West Primary School TRG led by Dr Susan Rook held its first meeting in March this year. The group (which is based at a school in rural Victoria, Australia) enjoyed sharing their favourite children’s books, exploring books based around the theme of re-told tales, listening to the wonderful The Adventures of the Dish […]

Middlesbrough & Teeside TRG – update from Kerry Park

Middlesbrough & Teesside have just enjoyed our third session in our RfP adventure! It has been wonderful to spend time with like-minded colleagues, looking at how RfP can be developed in our settings. As we are a blended group but with mainly online colleagues we spend a bit of time using padlet to share our […]

Gloucestershire TRG – update from Verity Robinson

The Gloucestershire Teachers’ Reading Group led by librarian Verity Robinson from Mangotsfield Primary English Hub have now met for their third session and it’s been amazing to hear the progress of everyone’s reading for pleasure projects so far. All our members agree that having the space to share ideas with like-minded teachers is so valuable. […]

Warrington TRG – update from Lynsey Kelly

With 3 of 5 meetings for this year already completed, the Warrington Teachers’ Reading group is going from strength to strength!  During each session, we share updates from the Open University’s RfP website and engage in professional discussions about reading for pleasure. We have a fantastic group of committed members from primary schools in very different settings […]

Overcoming Barriers to Reading for Pleasure – Spring/Summer 2024

World Book Day and the Reading for Pleasure team at The Open University have been working in partnership over the last several years to connect research and practice with the World Book Day campaign. This year we are looking to focus on the development of children’s reading identities and the very particular influence the reading […]

Malvern TRG – update from Helen Hadley and Liam Hanson

The Malvern Teacher’s Reading Group is going great guns and have had two meetings so far: our Launch and our first proper meeting. Each time, we have shared the Open University updates and have had excellent professional discussions about books that we love. We are really lucky that our group has an excellent range of […]

Doncaster TRG – update from Sarah Churchill and Tara Bradley

The November 2023/24 Doncaster TRG session was held at a group member’s school. We began the visit with a tour of the absolutely amazing RfP displays and environments across school and then moved on to some book borrowing!  A few members of our group can be seen in this photo, experiencing the fun, but difficult, […]

The Harper Collins Reading for Pleasure Awards 2024

The HarperCollins Reading for Pleasure Awards 2024 in partnership with The Open University and UK Literacy Association Patron: Michael Morpurgo, Children’s Author  Guest judge: Hannah Gold, Children’s Author The awards are growing!  This year, Farshore are joined by our sister publishers, HarperCollins Children’s Books, Collins and Barrington Stoke. Together, we want to recognise and celebrate […]

Little Rebels Book Awards 2023

The Little Rebels Children’s Book Award, now in its 11th year, recognises children’s fiction (for readers aged 0-12) which promotes social justice or social equality, challenges stereotypes or is informed by anti-discriminatory concerns. The award is given by the Alliance of Radical Booksellers and was established in conjunction with Letterbox Library. The award is now […]

Gold Star Student Teacher Awards 2023

Highlighting the achievements of student teachers who are developing their RfP practice This is the sixth year we have given Awards to Gold Star Student Teacher Examples of Practice. The judges, Teresa Cremin, Lizzie Greeley, Helen Hendry and Laurel Smith considered all the Examples of Practice that had been uploaded by Student Teachers to the […]

Watford/Hertfordshire TRG – update from Chris Soul

The new Watford & Hertfordshire TRG led by Chris Soul enjoyed a second session exploring their understanding of teachers as readers noticing children as readers. There were lots of supportive conversations concerning raising the profile of Reading for Pleasure in their different school contexts.  

Sheffield & Rotherham TRG – update from Steve Smith

We had our second meeting of the year in November where we discussed our recent reading, including a favourite picture book, and how to develop teacher knowledge of books. The box of freebies was really helpful with this as budgets are always tight so everyone was really happy to have new books to take away […]

OURfP Newsletter Live! 5th December

We are delighted to host another OU RfP Newsletter Live, a rapid-fire 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 nurture your pupils’ love of reading. Join us as we explore: Top […]

Wirral TRG – update from Melissa Colothan

We finally had our first Wirral TRG meeting this week! I am so pleased to welcome back so many of you that attended last year and we hope to welcome a few new recruits too. We look forward to the next one. We all brought our favourite non-fiction books of the moment for Non-fiction November. […]

Nottingham Trent University TRG – update from Lizzie Greeley

It was an evening of “firsts” for the Nottingham Trent University Teachers’ Reading Group on 24 October – the first time we had run a launch event and the first time we had met in a face-to-face format, having run our sessions online over the last couple of years. In the reception area of our […]

University of Plymouth TRG – update from Jo Hawkes

Children’s author Clare Helen Welsh joined the University of Plymouth Teachers’ Reading Group this week to talk about her extensive catalogue of wonderful texts, from fiction to ‘faction’ and even picture books with no words. She carefully explained her creative process and how, as an ex-primary teacher, she writes with children’s development in mind. She […]

University of Chichester TRG – update from Ruth Clark and Rebecca Webb

The University of Chichester Teachers’ Reading Group has launched for 2023-24, meeting in the lovely Classroom Resources area of the University library where it is very easy to find new books to share. We shared our recommendations using only one word (which was a challenge for most of us) and then we surveyed our knowledge […]

The Farshore Reading For Pleasure 2023 Award Winners

The Farshore Reading for Pleasure Teacher Awards 2023, in association with The Open University and the UK Literacy Association (UKLA), celebrate how teachers have found innovative ways to inspire reading for pleasure in the classroom. Each year since its launch in 2017, the awards have revealed the determination and passion of teachers to get children […]

The Branford Boase Award 2023

The Branford Boase Award was set up in memory of outstanding author Henrietta Branford and her editor Wendy Boase of Walker Books, who both died in 1999, and is unique in honouring editor as well as author. Over its 20+ years in existence, winners and shortlisted authors include Siobhan Dowd, Meg Rosoff, Mal Peet, Philip […]

The Week Junior Book Awards 2023 2023 sees the inaugural year of The Week Junior Book Awards sponsored by Bookily from National Book Tokens. Set up to “celebrate the brilliant world of children’s books and the talented people who create them.” They honour the authors, illustrators and publishers who inspire children to read for pleasure. The emphasis is on original […]

Sparks! School Book Awards 2023-2024

Originating in Kingston and Richmond and now in its fourth year and partnered by the OU, the Spark! School Book Awards are expanding their reach to any school in the UK. With a vision to “build excitement and enjoyment in reading in all schools”, children vote for the winners of the four main categories: Picture […]

Young Quills Award for Historical Fiction

Young Quills Award for Historical Fiction The Young Quills for Historical Fiction are book awards for authors writing historical fiction for young readers between the ages of 5 years though to young adult. Publishers apply to have the books considered for the awards, allowing the HA to create a longlist. The books are then sent […]

Bracknell Forest TRG – an update from Angela Jenkins

We were a small but mighty collective in our first year as members of a Teachers’ Reading Group in Bracknell Forest during 2023. Colleagues from primary and junior schools in Bracknell Forest and Wokingham took part and shared their impact in our final meeting of the year in June 2023. These were fabulous examples of […]

Clippa 2023

CLiPPA (Centre for Literacy in Primary Poetry Award) is the only award for published poetry for children in the UK. A Schools Shadowing Scheme  is available to promote the teaching of poetry in schools. To assist schools there are teaching resources for all the shortlisted books and videos of the poets performing their poems. There […]

Lollies – Laugh Out Loud 2023 Book Awards

The Laugh Out Loud Book Awards – known as the Lollies – are a celebration of the funniest books for children and the winners are voted for by children themselves! The award was set up by Scholastic UK in 2016, after the withdrawal of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize and is supported by BookTrust and […]

YA Book Prize 2023

The YA Book Prize launched in 2014 to award a YA title written by an author living in the UK or Ireland. Organised by book trade magazine The Bookseller and run in partnership with the Edinburgh International Book Festival where the winners were announced. The shortlist is selected by a team at The Bookseller and […]

The Yoto Carnegies 2023

The Yoto Carnegies are the UK’s longest running and best-loved children’s book awards, recognising outstanding reading experiences created through writing and illustration in books for children and young people. The Yoto Carnegie Medal for Writing is awarded by children’s librarians for an outstanding book written in English for children and young people. The Yoto Carnegie […]

Spark! School Book Awards 2023

Originating in Kingston and Richmond and now in its third year and partnered by the OU these awards are expanding their reach to any school in the UK. With a vision to “build excitement and enjoyment in reading in all schools”, children vote for the winners of the three main categories: Picture fiction for early […]

UKLA Book Awards 2023

The only national book awards judged by teachers! United Kingdom Literacy Association (UKLA) Book Awards are now in their 15th year. Teachers are looking for texts that can “enhance all aspects of literacy learning”.  The process ensures they are able to share the books with their classes and discover what genuinely works with young readers […]

Children’s Book Award 2023

The Children’s Book Award is the only national award voted for solely by children from start to finish. Over 1,000 new books are submitted to be read and reviewed by local Testing Groups across the country.  When the shortlists are announced voting opens on the website for any child or school to participate in. Usually […]

The Jhalak Children’s & YA Prize 2023

First awarded in March 2017, the Jhalak Prize and its new sister award Jhalak Children’s & YA Prize founded in 2020, seek to celebrate books by British/British resident BAME writers. The prizes are unique in that they accept entries published in the UK by writers of colour. These include (and not limited to) fiction, non-fiction, […]

English 4-11 Picture Book Awards 2023

Established in 1995, the English 4-11 Picturebook Awards are presented by the English Association to the best children’s picture books of the year. The winning books are chosen by the editorial board of English 4-11 journal for primary teachers published by the English Association and the United Kingdom Literacy Association, from a shortlist selected by […]

Oscar’s Book Prize 2023

Oscar’s Book Prize is an annual prize for the best under-fives book of the year. The prize is awarded in memory of Oscar Ashton and in partnership with Amazon and the Evening Standard. Details of previous winners can be found here   The Oscar’s Book Prize 2023 shortlist is as follows: Billy and the […]

The British Book Awards 2023

First launched in 1990 and now run by The Bookseller, the British Book Awards seek to showcase and celebrate the best books, the best bookshops and the best publishers. Nicknamed The Nibbies, they are unique in recognising that a book’s success is not down to just one factor. It is the author’s creative genius, it […]