Three very simple and obvious tips to help your class love reading:
- Give them time every day to read (lots of schools adopt DEAR – ‘drop everything and read’ or ERIC – ‘everyone reading in class’ as a whole school approach to this)
- Read aloud to your class every day, even upper KS2.
- Make sure your children have access to some great books in the classroom and that you choose books to read aloud to your class that you and they will enjoy (your enthusiasm for the book is important too) and are good quality texts.
I have created a ‘good reads’ list for foundation stage through to year 6 that can be used as a bit of inspiration or for teachers that might not feel totally confident with children’s literature. It can also be helpful to plan what books children are getting access to beyond texts used in literacy and think about creating a read aloud programme.
Please contact me directly if you would like the full list which includes books that might appeal to boys, graphic novels, non fiction, poetry, classics, picture books for KS2 and early reader options.
Here are a few of my favourites:
The terrible thing that happened to Barnaby Brocket by John Boyne (author of ‘The boy in the striped pyjamas’) is one of my all time favourites and my son and I have read this twice already. It’s a heartwarming story essentially about embracing difference but also involves a great adventure as Barnaby, a boy who floats, ends up travelling around the world meeting other people who don’t quite fit in either.
F.S / KS1:
The Something by Rebecca Cobb (illustrator of Paper Dolls)
‘Underneath the cherry tree in our garden there is a little hole…’ The boy wonders what could be down there, and his family and friends all offer different ideas about what might be living in the hole. Could it be a troll? Or a dragon’s den? Clever illustrations help to tell the story which provides lots of opportunities for children to use their imagination. There are also children of different ethnicities and wheelchair users depicted giving a welcome sense of diversity.
There are no cats in this book by Viviane Schwarz
A really fun and original book with pop ups, fold out pages and a few other surprises along the way. Three cats in the book are desperate to get out and explore the world but need the reader to help them. A great book for developing print awareness, exploring speech bubbles and challenging traditional book conventions. It is perfect for emergent readers. You can watch the youtube clip of the author reading the text. If your class enjoy this then there is also the original ‘There are cats in this book’ to enjoy too. For similar books that also are original and interactive see ‘Press Here’ by Herve Tullet and ‘The book with no pictures’ by B. J Novak.