When you're building a reading culture, it can be hard to know where to start – there are so many different directions you could go in, and you might need to balance your ideas with the amount of time or resources you have available. However, if you choose one or two little things to start with, you can still make a big difference for the young people you work with and get them excited about reading for pleasure.
Here are a few of our favourite ideas that we've seen recently to inspire you to try something new with reading.
Reading with families
Bankier Primary School in Falkirk held their annual Family Reading Lunch to celebrate World Book Day. Setting time aside for sharing stories with parents, carers and siblings is a great way to spread your reading culture, and improve parental engagement too! Pamela Webster at Bankier Primary School says “I can’t wait for our Family Reading Lunch on World Book Day and welcoming families in to share a good book with our pupils. I’m hoping for a huge turnout from families enjoying reading together!”
Class story box
In Primary 4B at St Rose of Lima Primary School in Glasgow, pupils take it in turns to bring home the story box to share with their family! This box contains two books to choose from, a notebook and gel pens for writing a review, plus hot chocolate sachets as a sweet treat. As the box makes its way around the class, the notebook will fill up with everyone's thoughts and pupils will have a shared reading experience that they can chat about too!
Using social media
Plockton High School Library, Highland have started a fantastic shelfie project, with individual pupils sharing a photo of them reading along with their comments on the book they are recommending, and community members can get involved on Twitter too! Another school using social media on their reading journey is Aboyne Academy in Aberdeenshire, where pupils search #bookstagram to find their next read and then record their thoughts.
At YMCA in Perth, staff have supported young people to use story cubes to create stories together. The story cubes feature inspiration for stories, including characters, objects and settings, and the young people have had a fantastic time using these to generate ideas and work together to build their stories.
Castle Douglas Primary School in Dumfries & Galloway's Reading Ambassadors are keeping very busy these days. These P7 pupils promote reading for pleasure in their school and local community, including writing book reviews for their local newspaper – you can read all about it in The Galloway News!
If you've been making little changes in your school, library or community group to promote reading for pleasure, we would love to hear about it! Submissions for the Reading Challenge are now open – just share your story with us in writing, photos or video to receive a party pack to celebrate. You will also be in with a chance of winning a national award.