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.

Stuck for what to read over the holidays? Or are you signed up to the & need inspiration?

Check out the latest award-winning children's literature on our website:

So many wonderful reads to choose from! 📚

Our next #ReadingforPleasure conference focuses on the crucial role of Reading Teachers (More than teachers who read) 💪

📅 Saturday 1st October, 9.30am - 4.00pm
📍 The Open University, Milton Keynes

Join us:

As a poet, I believe in fun for its own sake. Nonetheless, as well as being fun, this poem might make a useful teaching tool. How many typos can you/your class spot? One of many free poems on my website #edutwitter

The Tally series by @BlogLibby and @WestcottWriter has had a huge impact on certain pupils at my school and did so much for the confidence and self-image of a few. They'll be delighted that there's a new one to fall in love with. Massively important books. #AllThePiecesOfMe

There so many great picture books and illustrated fiction that help children explore a range of emotions. Realised when writing this blog post how much fear, jealousy and anger can over lap. @EmpathyLabUK @OpenUni_RfP @anoara_a @PwjaReading @BeardPiula

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