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 […]

Ely, Cambridge TRG – update from Kathryn Brereton

Hello from the Ely, Cambridgeshire group! This is the 4th year running our group. We switched to Zoom during lockdown and have continued in this format as this works well with Cambridgeshire’s geography. TRG members are currently working on developing pupil voice, improving home-school involvement and widening book collections. We have also enjoyed sharing this reading scrapbook (created […]

Children’s choices for recreational reading: not just fiction!

This study focuses on young readers’ independent reading behaviours and explores their preferences, selection processes, and rationales for their choices. Whilst not a recent study, the findings push back against the arguably accepted norm that fiction predominates, nudging us to find out more about children’s real preferences. The questions could valuably be used in your […]

Scottish Borders TRG – update from Emma McGilp

We’re a new TRG in the Scottish Borders and love coming together face-to-face to share our passion for children’s books and how we promote reading for pleasure in the classroom. In our recent meeting we discussed non-fiction and how we as teachers can value it more, through our library and classroom displays and how we […]

South Lanarkshire Secondary TRG – Update from Susan Brownlie & Michael Wilkie

In what is a very busy term for secondary colleagues, our 4th session focused on independent reading time, poetry & non-fiction. We heard from guests Helen Bradshaw, a previous TRG participant who leads the English, Drama and Literacy Faculty at Strathaven Academy, and Jennifer Horan, a Community Librarian who is also Chair of CILIP Youth […]

Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2023 Winners

The Waterstones Children’s Book Prize is an annual award given to a work of children’s literature published during the previous year. First awarded in 2005, the purpose of the prize is “to uncover hidden talent in children’s writing” and is therefore open only to authors who have published no more than three books. Since 2012 […]

Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize 2022 Winner announced

The Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize has announced the 2022 winner is: If The World Were 100 People by Jackie McCann and Aaron Cushley ISBN: 978-1405298070 (Red Shed) Announcing the winner, the prize described the book as, ‘A thought-provoking read that offers real insight and a unique and accessible way to understand complex topics […]

OU/UKLA RfP Conference: Blethering Together, Summer ’23

Thank you to everyone who joined us on 17th June in Milton Keynes for our summer 2023 RfP conference – Blethering Together: Sustaining the Pleasure in Reading. This inspiring event explored research-informed practice, with workshops led by the OU RfP team and talented teachers, all offering engaging ways forward. We were honoured to be joined […]

Farshore Awards 2023 – now open!

The Farshore Reading for Pleasure Teacher Awards 2023, in association with The Open University and the UK Literacy Association (UKLA), are now open for entries. The Awards celebrate how teachers have found innovative ways to inspire reading for pleasure in the classroom. The Award winners will be announced on Wednesday 18th October 2023 at the […]

Stirling TRG – Update from Carol Ann Neil

Our brand-new Stirling OU TRG is up & running! Meetings have been full of reading for pleasure enthusiasm, vibrancy and support from each and every member. We have a shared passion for promoting RfP in the primary classroom. Our focus on improving outcomes for learners is supported by rich collaboration, discussion and a commitment to […]

Burley Woodhead English Hub TRG – Update from Sarah Scott

The Burley Woodhead English Hub TRG loves to make text recommendations. At each meeting, we share our favourite texts focusing on a different genre each time but there are so many to remember! We use our Padlet platform to record these recommendations so we can easily refer back to these tempting texts. We can respond […]

OU RfP Newsletter Live! 21st February

We are delighted to have hosted another successful 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 covered a range of useful topics to help you enrich your practice and nurture your pupils’ love of reading. Top Texts – the best […]

Nottingham TRG – Update from Julie Doyle & Amy Greatrex

At our recent meeting, the Nottingham TRG members shared their graphic novel recommendations for all year groups. This led to a reflective discussion about some of our children bringing in their graphic novels from home to read at playtimes, in class and to show their friends. We decided the children are leading us to notice […]

University of Chichester TRG – Update from Ruth Clark

It was dark and rainy night in January when the University of Chichester TRG met to discuss Reading for Pleasure Pedagogy, but our regular members turned up with lots of books, enthusiasm and smiles.  We met in the Classroom Resources teaching collection in the University library which is an inspiring place to talk about our reading […]

Sheffield & Rotherham TRG – Update from Steve Smith

We recently had our third meeting with teachers attending in person and via Zoom.  It was great to see everyone and to hear about what has been happening in their schools to develop reading for pleasure. We brought and shared some graphic novels and talked about what we’ve been reading to our classes and for ourselves. We have […]

Swindon & Wiltshire TRG – Update from Rowena Lucas

Swindon and Wiltshire TRG is thrilled to be running for a second year and to welcome back new and previous members to our group!  Some of our members are also involved in the UKLA Teacher Book Awards this year so we are very busy!  In the first term, we shared ‘new and bold’ as well as ‘old but gold’ books and […]

Worcester TRG – Update from Claire Martin & Helen Mackinnon

In our Worcester TRG, we loved looking at the A-Z of authors in the first term. This actually got quite competitive between members! Our group has been very lucky to have Sharon Lannie from the University of Worcester join us for our meetings.  She brings a wealth of knowledge of books.  At the end of term, we […]

Parents’ reading survey

Share our reading survey with parents to gauge their own experiences and understanding of RfP. Parents’ Reading Survey

Teachers’ reading practice surveys

Use our teacher surveys (available in MS Forms and Word) for EYFS – Secondary. Review your Practice – EYFS 2023 Review your Practice – EYFS – MS Form   Review your Practice – Primary 2023 Review your Practice – Primary – MS Form   Review your Practice – Secondary 2023 Review your Practice – Secondary […]

Pupils’ Reading Surveys

Do you want to better understand children’s attitudes towards reading? Try our pupil surveys for KS1, KS2 and KS3 to find out your students’ attitudes towards reading for pleasure:  KS1 Children’s Reading for Pleasure Survey 2023 KS1 – MS Form   KS2 Children’s Reading for Pleasure Survey 2023 KS2 – MS Form   KS3 Pupils’ Reading […]

South Lincolnshire TRG – Update from Michaela Howard

Our brand-new South Lincolnshire TRG had a flying start last term as we came together to share our love of children’s books and develop the key messages of RfP in our schools. We are excited to be working together to share evidence and best practice. A thought-provoking discussion about The Garden of Inside-Outside by Chiara […]

United Learning TRG: Update by Karen Tulloch

Our TRG comprises primary school teachers and a principal, TAs, English Leads, secondary school librarians, secondary school teachers, independent booksellers, Key Stage Leads..… basically, a stellar group of RfP enthusiasts and advocates! We come from different corners of the country remotely via Teams. The wealth of expertise from different experiences and settings is a real […]

Absorbed in Stories

This month’s research feature by Anežka Kuzmicová, from Prague, explores children’s perspectives on being absorbed when reading fiction.

December 2022 Newsletter

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Gold Star Student Teacher Awards 2022

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

Flying High English Hub, Nuttall TRG: Update by Curtis Jordan

We have a great group who are incredibly enthusiastic and driven towards changing children’s lives through reading for pleasure. Our first book blether focused on ‘Graphic Novels’ which prompted fabulous book talk.  We enjoyed sharing our top picks and taking away new recommendations. 

2022 SLA Information Book Awards Winners

The School Library Association has celebrated the winners of the 2022 Information Book Awards in National Nonfiction November. They are: The 2022 Overall Winner and 13-16 category and Children’s Choice Winner Black Artists Shaping the World by Sharna Jackson & Dr Zoé Whitley (Thames and Hudson ISBN: ‎ 978-0500652596 ) The judges hailed this title […]

South Lanarkshire Secondary TRG: an update from Susan Brownlie and Michael Wilkie

Our 22-23 members enjoyed a discussion around Teresa Cremin’s ‘Reading Communities’ article to start off our second session. It was encouraging to see how quickly participants have started to think about their individual areas of research having reviewed their own practice. Some useful ‘what has worked for us’ tips shared too across the group and, to […]

Ilsham English Hub TRG: an update from Danni Cooke

We had a great start to our first TRG on Wednesday after school with 35 people signed up and eager to begin!  We discussed all the things we wanted to get from being part of the TRG and the biggest thing that emerged at the moment was continually developing our subject knowledge so we can […]

What makes a good digital book?

A cartoon of someone scrolling through an electronic phone device which has a stack of books on the screen

Digital books have many advantages, making Reading for Pleasure (RfP) more accessible for many children and their families. As our world and how we consume information becomes increasingly digital, researchers from The Open University’s RfP Community Coalition have set out to answer the question: What makes a good digital book? This animated video, Children’s Digital […]

Flying High English Hub TRG: an update from Carl Pattison

Reading the planet YLG Conference- September 2022 I was fortunate enough to win a place at the wonderful YLG Conference in Sheffield and I want to start this piece by thanking the Open University for this opportunity. I wasn’t able to attend the full event but I certainly made the most of the evening and […]