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QR Code is the new black in Reading for Pleasure

Tips for early years and primary school teachers on how to use QR codes to connect to Reading for Pleasure at home and expand children’s digital reading experiences

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.

#MorningBrewEd 2020

Toria Bono co-hosted #MorningBrewEd with Ed Finch. You can see the full episode of '#MorningBrewEd Reading for Pleasure' here.

The Teachers’ Reading Challenge

Ben Harris reflects on the Teachers' Reading Challenge.

Collaborating with School Librarians to Create Reading Communities

Anne Thompson, Chair of the Surrey Branch of the School Library Association explains how school librarians and teachers collaborate to create thriving reading communities.

Walking and Reading

In this blog Justyna Deszcz-Tryhubczak from Poland reflects on her work to help children mobilise John Clare’s Artistic Legacy in Helpston.

Becoming a Teacher of Early Reading

In this research by Dr Helen Hendry, how do student teachers become confident ‘Reading Teachers’.

Hampshire SLS Teachers’ Summer Reading Challenge

Find out how Bridget Rowley, one of the Lead Advisers in the Hampshire School Library Service has been encouraging ‘Reading for Pleasure’ in schools.

Reading for pleasure in secondary schools

In this podcast Debbie Hickman from the University of Chichester (Secondary English) talks with teacher Verity Carter about reading for pleasure. They explore the value and application of the OU research in secondary schooling.

School libraries should not be taken for granted

In her blog Margaret Merga of Edith Cowan University, Western Australia, reflects on the many ways in which school librarians support reading for pleasure in school.

Diversifying knowledge of children’s literature

In this blog, Matthew Courtney argues that as a profession we need to diversify our repertoires.

Can we read it again? Why re-reading matters

Lucy Rodriguez Leon explores the benefits for children of re-reading familiar books and how this can encourage them to engage in richer ‘book chat’.

Understanding reading experiences to support motivation and engagement

In this blog Sarah McGeown reflects on her research and the Growing Up A Reader project which highlights why we read often influences what we read.

The 2020 Read for Empathy collection

In this blog Jon Biddle describes the process and privilege of helping to select this new book collection with EmpathyLab.

Reading for Pleasure in Australia: Where is the pleasure?

Laura Scholes offers us some good news from Australia and also suggests there is too little time for self-directed reading in schools.

Building Communities: why, what and how

In this article Professor Teresa Cremin considers the long term aim of developing readers for life and challenges us to consider effective strategies and practices to genuinely achieve this.

Sensory images, memories, and reading

Anežka Kuzmičová examines the role played by sensory mental images in readers’ experiences and memories of reading. Anežka uses the concept of remindings, any conscious associations that may emerge in the course of reading, to explore children's experience of reading.

Book Blethering with the Teachers’ Readers Group

In this blog experienced teacher Kevin Cobane explains how joining the OU/UKLA Teachers’ Reading Group led by Dr Nicola Smith at the University of Birmingham enabled him to expand his knowledge of Children’s literature through discussion with other members and ultimately develop his teaching practice.

A Complex View of Lifelong Reading, Margaret Mackey

A Complex View of Lifelong Reading by Margaret Mackey who challenges us to think again about the waywardness of lifelong reading habits, a fascinating read, worth discussing with colleagues.

Comfy Reading

In this great short film year 4 teacher and podcaster David Keyte explains how our research inspired him to introduce 'comfy reading' within his classroom. He explains how this had an immediate positive impact on the class.

The Reading for Pleasure Tree

Find out how the University of Cambridge Primary School have used our research to support reading throughout the school. This research-informed approach has been praised by Ofsted in their recent inspection report. In this account by Aimee Durning their approach is represented as a nurturing Reading for Pleasure Tree.

Joy of reading

In this blog Simon Smith explores how teachers can build community through shared reading. He argues whole class reading can build a sense of ‘belonging, a shared history and experience’. He ends with 7 great tips for reading aloud to your class.

Reflections on OU/UKLA RfP Cambridge conference

In her recent blog school governor and adult literacy professional Kerry Scattergood reflects on what she has gained from attending our recent OU/UKLA RfP conference in Cambridge. In her latest posting she outlines the impact on her support for adults, while in her previous post she suggests how the insights from the research can also be taken forward in schools.

Poetry for a Change

In this blog Karen Morris of Edge Hill University explores the new National Poetry Day Anthology, Poetry for a Change, and identifies how it can extend teachers’ and children’s enjoyment of poetry. She reminds us how reading a poem for meaning can stop you in your tracks.

How can schools promote RfP?

Matthew Courtney, primary teacher, asks in this blog how schools can promote Reading for Pleasure. He explores the idea of representation in children's literature and the importance of having books available that reflect the class. Do our literary offerings feature the religions/races/cultures/families of 21st century society and our school communities?

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.

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”.

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.

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.

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.

Top Texts for January

​Kiran Satti selects some empowering and inspiring read aloud books for KS1 and EYFS.

Top Texts for December

John Murray chooses text to make you think, to make you smile and to laugh your socks off.

Top Texts for November

Annie Everall selects text that brings stories, poetry and illustration to life.

Top Texts for October

October’s favourite read aloud books are chosen by Sarah Paxton, lead of the New Wave English Hub based in Hackney.

Top Texts for September

​This month’s favourite read aloud recommendations are made by Sonia Thompson, Head Teacher at St Matthew’s C.E. Teaching and Research School.

Top Texts for August

Great read aloud choices here for older readers, our top texts for August have been chosen by Fiona Evans, who is Director of Programmes at the National Literacy Trust.

Top Texts for July

​Karl Duke selects some high quality texts to promote reading to inspire learning for all.

Top Texts for June

Richard Charlesworth introduces picture books and graphic novels that create an emotional response in the reader.

Top Texts for May

Carol Carter maintains her passion for building reading communities and finding the right book to make every child a reader​

Top Texts for April

Miranda McKearney of EmpathyLab selects texts that enable children and young people to develop the skills that build empathy.

Top Texts for March

Nicki Cleveland has revolutionised the way the teaching staff at Cannon Park Primary think about Reading for Pleasure, it is now at the forefront of the school’s ethos

Top Text for February

Bob Cox seeks to support schools’ work on using quality texts for quality writing​.

Top texts for January

Caroline Sence of charity ‘Read for Good’ recommends entertaining, diverse and accessible picture books for all ages.

Top texts for December

This month’s selections are drawn from the School Library Association’s Information Book Awards, and chosen by Alison Tarrant.

Top texts for November

Chosen by Diane Leedham, these texts are aimed at older readers and reflect a wider awareness of diversity.

Top Texts for October

Using a theme of “old but gold” our top texts for October have been chosen by Ben Harris​.

Top texts for September

September’s top texts have been chosen by Susannah Herbert, Executive Director of the Forward Arts Foundation.​

Top Texts for August

​This month’s top texts have been chosen by Ben King, founder of the Teacher Book Awards. He has chosen three fiction books, each with a ghostly theme.

Top Texts for July

​This month’s Top Texts have been chosen by Joy Court, Reviews Editor for The School Librarian journal. She has chosen three thought provoking and enjoyable books that will stimulate much conversation!

Top Texts for June

​This months texts have been chosen by Nikki Gamble, Director of Just Imagine. She has selected non-fiction that is both lyrical and informative, and above all really engaging.

Top Texts for May

This month’s Top Texts have been chosen by Emily Drabble, head of children’s book promotion and prizes at the reading for pleasure charity BookTrust. Some thought provoking choices here, including Ghost!.

Top Texts for April

​This month’s texts have been chosen by Morag Styles who retired in 2014 as Professor of Children’s Poetry at the Faculty of Education, Cambridge and is an Emeritus Fellow of Homerton College.

Top Texts for March

This months Top Texts have been chosen by Jane Bednall, a former teacher and Deputy Head.

Top Texts for February

This month’s Top Texts are chosen by Scott Evans, a primary school teacher and Reading Lead from South Wales.

Top Texts for January

This month’s Top Texts are focused on Graphic Novels and are chosen by Richard Ruddick, a Year 6 teacher at Moorlands Primary Academy in Norfolk.

Top Texts for December

This month’s Top Texts are chosen by Rowena Seabrook from Amnesty International.

Top Texts for November

This month’s Top Texts are brought to us by Charlotte Raby, who has over 20 years in teaching, educational publishing and training.

Top Texts for October

This month’s Top Texts have been chosen by Mary Roche, a former primary teacher and lecturer in teacher education.

Top Texts for September

​This month’s Top Texts have been chosen by Prue Goodwin, a freelance specialist in literacy learning and children’s books.

Top Texts for August

This month’s Top Texts have been chosen by Clare Zinkin, a reading consultant at

Top Texts for July

This month’s Top Texts are chosen by Martin Galway, an experienced Primary teacher and English lead who currently works for Herts for Learning.

Top Texts for June

​This month’s Top Texts are a non-fiction selection chosen by Heather Wright, from the brilliant Reading Rocks!

Top Texts for May

This month’s Top Texts are chosen by Ann Lazim, Literature and Library Development Manager at the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education.

Top Texts for April

This month’s Top Texts are chosen by James Clements, a former teacher who now works as an education writer.

Top Texts for March

This month’s Top Texts are chosen by Jo Clarke, a primary school librarian, otherwise known as Book Lover Jo!

Top Texts for February

​This month’s Top Texts have been chosen by Marilyn Brocklehurst from the Norfolk Children’s Book Centre.

Top Texts for January

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

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.

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.

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.