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Reading for Pleasure

How can you read for pleasure?

1. Choose a fiction or non-fiction book with a theme or topic that you will enjoy

2. Find a calming space to read and allow yourself time to get lost in the book

3. Try to find a book with some words that are challenging to keep you interested

4. Talk to your family, friends and teachers about what you are reading to share your reading experience. 

Recommended Reading Lists 

Here are some suggested examples of age appropriate children's books to support with reading from home in a child friendly format. 

If you can, spend some time together with your child having a look at the book covers for their year group and talk about which ones look inspiring to read.


Reading at Home Activities

These are some suggested activities you might want to try with your child to deepen their understanding when reading together for pleasure:


  • Explore it: Read the story more than once and talk about the plot, characters and illustrations 
  • Illustrate it: Draw the main events or characters of the story and label with key words or phrases from the text
  • Talk about it: Discuss the characters, settings, plot and make predictions about what might happen in the plot or to the characters next
  • Imagine it: Imagine what the characters would be like in real life
  • Create it: Write about the story - a book review, comic strip, design a new front cover, write a new blurb or produce an advert to recommend the story to a friend