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Lovereading4schools - Encouraging children to read for pleasure.

Kids GroupHelping teachers and parents encourage children to love reading a variety of books throughout the school year, is the reason Lovereading4schools was created. Part of the Lovereading and Lovereading4kids family, the website offers teachers an easy, impartial and free way to create and share reading lists with their parents and pupils, offering age appropriate books as well as themed collections of titles.

Lovereading4schools is endorsed by Jacqueline Wilson and all titles are selected by Julia Eccleshare MBE, the children’s book editor for The Guardian.  There are fiction, non-fiction, poetry, fact and activity books, all of which have been shortlisted for awards or have proven over the years to be children’s classics. Lists are arranged by school year, ranging from Reception to Year 9 and onwards through teenage years. There are also specialist categories for Reluctant and Dyslexic Readers from the publisher, Barrington Stoke. These particular collections really make a difference to those who struggle with their reading and can be an ideal allocation of pupil premium. They provide gripping storylines and manageable chapter lengths, as well as sympathetic fonts and chapter lengths.

All the lists provide a foundation upon which to build your schools recommended reading lists. You can add or delete from them, adding personal favourites or books that compliment class topics, plus many librarians find the specialist topics useful for creating library displays and themed collections. Each title is displayed with a book cover image, a downloadable extract, author information and comments, plus parents can purchase any of the books direct at discounted prices of up to 25%.

Once your lists are created, they can be shared by sending out your unique URL to your parents so they can link directly to your schools book list page. There are also many resources to inform and promote your lists to parents on our site, from letter templates to posters and web banners that help spread the love of reading.  As well as the service being free for schools and offering discounted prices on all the books features, there is the added bonus that 5% of the money spent by parents on the website comes back to the school as book vouchers to help build the library. Many schools also use our lists to build their library collections too.

One school that has been successfully using Lovereading4schools for several years now is The Schools at Somerhill in Kent. You can read about the thoughts and experiences of Mrs Susan Smith, the Prep School Librarian, here.  

To find out more or to set up your schools account with Lovereading4schools, please visit www.lovereading4schools.co.uk

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