Reading for Pleasure
At St Nics we consider helping children to develop a love of reading and sharing our reading passions with them, a vital part of what we do. Alongside inspiring children to be authors and understand more about the writing process, by enabling children to meet such authors such as Mini Grey, Richard O'Neil and Charlotte Guillain, we schedule a variety of events to celebrate the love of reading.
We hold regular reading assemblies, where children are introduced to a host of new and wonderful children's books, Alongside this, we recommend new and classic books every two months and do a monthly author or illustrator spotlight focussing on a diverse range of people, through our Read All About it reading for pleasure magazine, which aims to connect children and families with the wonderful, diverse array children's books out there. Copies of these are sent out to all families, governors and interested parties.
The reading for pleasure suitcases in all the classes allow children to borrow their own choice of books to take home, together with hot chocolate, biscuits, blanket and special cuddly reading companions.
We also hold regular 'Books and Bears' evenings where children return to school in PJs for a bedtime story and hot chocolate.
For the last two years we have gifted each child a book at Christmas, to help ensure that all children have a lovely book to read over the holiday. We work hard to ensure that the books we share in the classroom and recommend for sharing at home are high quality, interesting, diverse and inclusive, to help children to both see themselves in books and also to provide a window for them onto the wider world.
We have also created our own Reading for Pleasure book spine, which is a diverse and inclusive range of books for each year groups for classroom reading corners. We have already bought a significant number of these, but if you would like to help us get the full set, our wish list is here: