100 Ideas for Primary Teachers: Reading for Pleasure is, without doubt, an invaluable and essential addition for any school looking to either begin, enhance, or embed their provision of a reading for pleasure curriculum.
The ideas in this book are based on Scott’s (aka The Reader Teacher) five-point framework to revolutionise reading in schools: Reading Roadmap. At its heart is the aim that children become confident, enthusiastic and empathetic readers through a collaborative approach taken by teachers, reading leads, schools and communities with a unified goal of encouraging a lifelong love of reading. It’s a goal which I’m absolutely committed to achieving within my school, so this book is exactly what I need to help me continue our school journey towards fully implementing and embedding a reading for pleasure curriculum for all children.
This book will give any school a wealth of practical, easy-to-apply ideas, and is a wonderful guide to help in implementing a reading for pleasure curriculum from ideas for individual teachers to reading leads to whole-school leadership.
It takes a single step to start a journey and I wholeheartedly think that this is an indispensable resource to help schools begin or continue their reading journey: a journey that really is life-changing for children. My single step started with engaging with the primary school reading community on Twitter, with authors and publishers and with Scott’s Primary School Book Club – and I can honestly say that my engagement with reading has made a vast difference to the engagement of the children I teach. I am hugely excited to continue my development as reading lead within my school by using more and more of the ideas within this much-needed book.
The book is divided into 11 parts:
- Raising reading children
- Creating a reading classroom
- Being a reader teacher
- Leaders are readers
- Setting up a reading school
- Understanding text types
- Cultivating a reading community
- Love your libraries
- Engaging with your reading environment
- Participating with parents and families
- Working with writers and illustrators
Each part has a detailed selection of hands-on ideas and explains clearly how each can be accomplished as well as giving additional teaching tips and ways of taking the idea further for schools whose reading for pleasure curriculum may be more established.
I think what really stands out for me is how committed, enthusiastic and knowledgeable Scott is, and this makes Reading for Pleasure such an appealing read which really offers helpful, practical and ready-to-use recommendations.
Thank you so much to Scott Evans and Bloomsbury Education for inviting me to take part in the Blog Tour for 100 Ideas for Primary Teachers: Reading for Pleasure, and for providing me with a copy in exchange for my honest review.
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