On this page you can find out about our work that supports schools. In many cases we support schools and libraries to work together. If you would like to find out more please get in touch.
Summer Reading Challenge
The Summer Reading Challenge is the UK's biggest reading programme for primary school pupils. It is organised by us and runs annually through public libraries during the summer holidays. The Challenge inspires children to read in the long summer break - when their reading skills are known to decline - without the regular reading activity provided at school. Research shows taking part in the Summer Reading Challenge improves children's reading range, confidence and enjoyment.
Follow the link for resources and ideas to involve your pupils in this year's Summer Reading Challenge
And visit the children's Story Lab website
Ask questions by emailing Lynne Taylor
The Reading Agency's Chatterbooks children's reading groups scheme, is now on offer to schools free. It gives a best practice model for running reading groups, developed with expert librarians, and with ready to use resources. Chatterbooks groups can be targeted at children of any age from 4 to 14 years.
The links between reading for pleasure and attainment are well documented, and Chatterbooks sessions are designed to give children confidence in speaking, writing and reading in a group, choosing books for themselves, and talking about what they like to read. We provide lots of ideas for fun, creative sessions, and through our partnership with 17 leading children's publishers Chatterbooks groups get a stream of information and promotions featuring the best in children's books.
You can also get:
- Children's 2012 Welcome Packs (set of 10 packs £50)
- a 2012 Starter Pack for Group Leaders (£20 per pack)
And when you buy any Chatterbooks packs or training you will also get access to Chatterbooks Extra downloads and offers, including termly ideas packs, creative session plans, Chatterbooks graphics, and special publisher promotions.
MyVoiceUK opens up creative reading and writing opportunities to 30,000 disadvantaged young people aged 11 to 19 in England who would not usually use their library.
Ask questions and get in touch my emailing Claire Styles
We've included a sample of the resources that we produce for teachers and other professionals working with children, young people and reading. You can download these from the resources section. To receive other professional resources check our website for updates.
Reading Agency links
- Primary schools and libraries
- Secondary schools and libraries
- Chatterbooks schools leaflet
- Making reading creative