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31 March 2021 Share

Featuring a new look and additional features to support growing readers

Supported by a grant from Arts Council England, ReadingZone’s relaunch builds on their current range of resources to support both engaged and more reluctant readers, and includes:

  • Book recommendations
  • Reviews
  • Author features
  • Videos and vlogs
  • Resources

“With new research* confirming that just under a quarter (23%) of children and young people read for pleasure, we all need to find new ways to bring children into reading”, says ReadingZone editor Caroline Horn. “Our aim with the relaunch is to find a way to support children and teenagers who aren’t drawn to reading, as well as supporting children who love to read.”

ReadingZone is used in schools and homes nationwide for children and teenagers to browse books, download chapters and discover new authors. Now they’re adding author videos and young people’s own material into the mix across the redesigned website.

ReadingZone has worked with specialist partners including Listening Books, A Tale Unfolds and Fun Kids to create resources that families and schools can use to encourage children and young people into books through different media, whether that’s creating book trailers or vlogs, podcasts or audio books.

For families, ReadingZone will share regular tips from specialists including teachers in supporting young readers, together with book recommendations from parents and booksellers who know what children are reading and enjoying.

There’s plenty more to come, with resources to support schools and author events to be added over the coming months, and further developments planned.

Take a look at the new site here.

*Research from Farshore and Nielsen Book’s ‘Understanding the Children’s Book Consumer’