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Children's Fiction

"Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him." - Maya Angelou

 

Studies have found that reading for pleasure is more important to a child's educational achievement than their family's wealth or social class.

 

Tips for Developing a Culture of Reading

Reading for Pleasure

Displays in foyers, corridors, head's office and in the grounds

School entrance foyer

  • Signs on display about reading - maybe a slogan such as Kids who read succeed, or XYZ Schoolchildren are readers, or quotes about reading

  • Notices of reading events - challenges or incentives in-school, visiting authors, book awards

  • Photos of children reading, staff reading, other reading role models

  • The head's recommended "book of the week"

  • Promotion of the public library

School corridors and noticeboards

  • Signs pointing to the library, footprints heading in that direction - how many steps to the library?

  • Library opening hours, pupils on duty

  • Library quiz of the week - come to the library to find the answers and enter a competition

  • Pupils' work about books - art, writing inspired by books, reviews

  • Information about new books coming to the library, and events coming up

  • Quotes about reading, favourite opening lines of books, favourite characters

The head's office

  • Signs to show anyone visiting that the head thinks reading is important - quotes, favourite children's books, pupils' work about reading, books for parents about helping children be readers

Outside in the school grounds

Walking outside a school with a reading culture you might see:

  • signs pointing to the library, footprints heading in that direction - how many steps to the library?

  • a poetry walk around the school.