Library Services for Schools - Reading for pleasure

Making reading fun!

Our range of services and activities are designed to make reading a positive, fun experience that will broaden your pupil's reading choices and motivate them to read for pleasure. Some of these activities are carried out at specific times of the school year, so sign up to our e-mailing list to ensure you don't miss out on receiving the information.

"Thanks for promoting reading for pleasure with the children - you are doing a great job to support your schools" Langwathby CE School 

Our Chatterbooks reading groups offer aims to provide all of the resources to enable schools to get a reading group off the ground quickly and easily. Sign up now to take part.

Find out more about our Chatterbooks reading groups offer.

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Our KS1 reading challenge will be returning for the summer 2022 term with a brand new theme!

Thank you to all of the schools who took part in our last KS1 reading challenge. Have a look at this fantastic selection of drawings from Inglewood Community Nursery and Infant School, Carlisle created in response to the Twist in the Tale books they have read. Inglewood Community Nursery and Infant School (PDF 896kb)

Twist in the Tale Booklist KS1 2020 (PDF 225KB)

The KS1 reading challenge runs in the summer term and aims to:

  • Motivate children to read regularly and encourage reading for pleasure
  • Give pupils the opportunity and confidence to talk about books and express their own views
  • Support literacy development and comprehension
  • Raise the profile of reading in school and at home

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Spellbinding is aimed at pupils in years 5 and 6, creating enthusiasm and excitement about books. Pupils read from a shortlist of 10 titles and then vote on their favourite. The book award encourages wider reading with pupils being introduced to new authors and genres.

Find out more by visiting our page Spellbinding.

Book Promo St Gregorys March 2016

Our Storytelling and book talk sessions can be tailored to your requirements. Perhaps you would like us to introduce new authors and titles to your pupils to ignite their interest in reading, or to deliver story sessions simply to celebrate reading for enjoyment. Our sessions are always fun, friendly and designed to encourage an enthusiasm for books and reading. Why not book us as part of a school book week.

"We had a great time and the story sessions were lovely. All the staff commented on how good they were for the children and for themselves to see new books. I've already bought 'Oi Frog' for our class!"

"We enjoy the book promotion day. It's beneficial as it introduces the children to new titles and authors and it's really good for teachers as well as we often buy the titles used for our own school stock" 

"Thank you so much for the reading sessions at our school on Monday. The children and staff absolutely loved it."

Our reading for pleasure book boxes can be borrowed as part of your topic/literacy box loan entitlement. Choose from our list of available themes.

Foundation stage/key stage 1 (PDF 705kb)  and key stage 2 (PDF 601kb) 

Order your topic boxes

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Our Book Buses bring the service to your door, offering staff and pupils the opportunity to choose books in a child friendly setting. The stock is carefully selected with reading for pleasure in mind.

Reading for pleasure web site - information and discussion forums for pupils and teachers participating in our Spellbinding or Chatterbooks reading initiatives.