Reading Communities and ‘books in common’

In this recent blog for the National Association of Advisers in English Teresa Cremin reflects on research which shows when the adults opened up as readers and shared their personal affective responses, this helped them develop more authentic reader to reader relationships with younger readers.

EmpathyLab: 2018 Read for Empathy Guide

EmpathyLab is harnessing the power of stories and poetry to build empathy. Reading can strengthen children’s ability to understand other people’s feelings and perspectives; and inspire them to put empathy into action in their communities. Today EmpathyLab announce the titles selected for a ‘2018 Read for Empathy Guide’ which will support parents, teachers and librarians in the run-up to Empathy Day on 12 June, and beyond.

All adventures come to an end

Simon Smith, Headteacher, reflects in this blog on the pleasure of reading aloud with his own child, and the trepidation he feels as endings begin to loom over the horizon.

Top Texts for January

​This month’s Top Texts have been chosen by Alison Leach, an experienced primary teacher and English lead.

No Place for Pleasure?

The pressures on ‘reading for pleasure’ in secondary education are explored in this research informed account by Emma Drage, a children’s book editor who recently completed a Master’s dissertation on the role of ‘RfP’ in secondary education at Birkbeck College, University of London.

Written from the heart: Kate DiCamillo’s Raymie Nightingale

Martin Galway, Primary English Teaching and Learning Adviser with Herts for Learning, shares his love of Kate DiCamillo’s latest book 'Raymie Nightingale'. In this recent blog he argues everything in this satisfying book is in the right place, in fact it might be just “perfect”.

Top Texts for December

This month’s Top Texts have been chosen by Jo Cummins, a primary school teacher and English manager who works in Hampshire.

Top Texts for November

This month’s top texts have been chosen by Simon Smith, a primary head-teacher in the wonderfully bookish Whitby.

Just Imagine RfP Podcast

Just Imagine have released a new podcast which explores Reading for Pleasure, it features researchers Teresa Cremin and Mary Anne Wolpert who describe how our Research Rich Pedagogies web site can help teachers to develop their practice. You will also hear from teachers and from Kate diCamillo, author of 'Raymie Nightingale'.

Reviewing School RfP practice

In this school blog staff at St Michael’s Catholic School in High Wycombe reflect on using the Review Your Practice resources from our web site to understand how they support RfP across the 4 to 18 years age range, and to identify areas for development.

Top Texts for October

​This month’s top texts have been chosen by Mat Tobin who teaches English and Children’s Literature on undergraduate and postgraduate courses at Oxford Brookes University. Mat joined Oxford Brookes in 2014 after 16 years of primary teaching in Oxfordshire. He has research interests in children’s literature and the Reading for Pleasure agenda.

Five ways to revolutionise reading

Francis Gilbert of Goldsmiths, University of London, reports on the success of the recent Reading Revolution Conference. In his Blog he distils from the event five ways to revolutionise reading in your school.

Top texts for September

This month’s Top Texts have been chosen by Claire Williams, Year 4 Class Teacher and Reading Lead at St. Andrew’s C of E (VA) Primary School in Essex. Claire has recently completed her Master of Education in Critical Approaches to Children’s Literature at the University Cambridge and is the UKLA Early Career Teachers’ Representative.

Being a Reading Teacher

Aidan Severs, from a primary school in Bradford, shares his commitment to developing as a Reading Teacher. In this recent blog he highlights the value in teachers having a deep insight into the nature of texts.

Teachers’ Reading Groups in New Zealand

Michelle Simms, primary school librarian at a school in Hamilton New Zealand, reports on her development of two Teachers’ Reading Groups. In her blog she describes how she used materials from this site to explore teachers' knowledge of children’s literature.

Reading for pleasure: just window dressing?

Teresa Cremin, Open University, questions whether incorporating reading for pleasure into the national curriculum is enough to ensure we develop communities of engaged readers. Read her contribution on the Cambridge Primary Trust blog.

Are you ‘Dahl Dependent’?

Jonny Walker, Assistant Director of the Elmhurst Teaching School, draws on our Research Rich Pedagogies web site in his recent blog 'Dahl Dependency', where he shares two favourite books that changed his life.