The benefits of reading for pleasure are well documented. It increases empathy and promotes wellbeing, allowing us to understand ourselves better and feel more connected to the wider community.
Students who read for pleasure make significantly more progress in vocabulary, spelling and maths , than children who read very little (Sullivan and Brown 2013).
For more information: https://readingagency.org.uk/news/blog/why-is-reading-for-pleasure-important.html
My child will not read!
Do not panic if your child goes off reading. Often students will say they find reading hard work, or they cannot find a book they like. They may be intimidated by “fat” books, or dislike being steered towards books which an adult remembers from their childhood. Encourage them to read little and often. Suggest they look at different types of reading materials, such as online articles, or ask them to help you with instructions. Persist in finding books to match their interests.
For example, here is a reading list for children who love gaming: https://literacytrust.org.uk/resources/book-list-video-games-fans/
At our first meeting of the Sixth Form & Staff Book Club this term, we will be reading My Sister The Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite:
Braithwaite studied at Kingston University. Her debut book won the British Book Awards Crime & Thriller Book of the Year 2020, was long-listed for the Booker Prize 2019, shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2019 and has been optioned for a film.
During these difficult times, students are sadly unable to make use of the School Library, so we have put together mini class libraries of popular books in each Year 7, 8 and 9 tutor room.
The school is always grateful for book donations. We ask that the books are in excellent condition, so they are more appealing to students.
If you would like to donate any books, please contact our school librarian, Ms Wallman by emailing email@example.com in the first instance.