From introducing new, exciting novelists into the reading repertoire to bolstering pupil confidence, Nina Simon, Manager of Redbridge SLS, introduces us to the benefits of book awards.
It is important that schools do what they can to develop reading for pleasure, authentically, without the goals of the wider literacy strategy in mind, says Kathryn Henderson from Durham Learning Resources.
Exploring real-life heroes is a great way of combining the children’s interest in superheroes to spark their curiosity about ordinary people.
Alternative versions of fairy tales can help children understand how the stories came to be told, how they are passed down through generations and how they change over time.
Short stories are a brilliant way to fill a few spare minutes, whilst also engaging with reluctant readers and exposing children to world stories. They can be excellent fun for the storyteller too.
It is never too early to give a child a book. They don’t even need to be able to sit up. Prop them on your knee and as soon as their eyes begin to focus, babies will look at a picture with interest. Helen Oxenbury’s board books, All Fall Down and Tickle Tickle, are great starters but there are many other good first books out there that children love.
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