5 Books to Motivate Reading in your School

There’s a book out there for every child. The hard part is finding it. But once you do, it’s like finding the gold at the end of the rainbow. I promise.

The ability to read should be accessible for all children. Unfortunately for some children certain limitations and boundaries stand in the way of their learning and attempts to better themselves. Sadly, 1 in 11 families in the UK don’t have a book in their home (NLT). That’s a heart-breaking statistic, don’t you think?

Reading and literacy are the stepping-stones that can make every child the best possible version of themselves and that’s why we’ve teamed up with 5 literacy charities that’re dedicated to this cause.

Reading may not come naturally to us all. Remember, walking, talking, and eating solid food were all foreign concepts to us once?

“Books are knowledge. Books are reflection. Books change your mind.” – Tony Morrison 

The following 5 books are available on our educational software Reading Hub. They’re part of our digital library comprising of 1250 eBooks!

  1. The Brilliant World of Tom Gates, by Liz Pichon (age 7+). Humour and eye-catching illustrations make this series special. Many of my students (boys and girls) love these books as it follows a boy in year 5 who has a passion for doodling and doing fun experiments. Overall, you won’t be struggling for recommendations with plenty to choose from in this series.
  2. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, by J.K Rowling (age 8+). I am yet to teach a student that hasn’t fallen in love with Hagrid’s constant failure to keep secrets and share a hatred for the Dursleys. Though, if your child isn’t quite ready to tackle the text you can listen to the audiobooks as they’re a magical experience themselves.
  3. Revolting Rhymes, by Roald Dahl (age 7 +). This is not your average book of poems. While, filled with twisted tales of familiar characters like Snow-White and Cinderella, Dahl uses rude words and witty rhyme to capture your child’s sense of humour and imagination. Humour is at the centre of this story and will make you happy from the inside out.
  4. Wonder, by R. J. Palacio (age 10+). Like most children, August (‘Auggie’) Pullman just wants to fit in at his new school. Unlike most children, he’s been previously home-schooled. However, Auggie has no choice but to stand out – he was born with a severe facial deformity. This is a thought-provoking, engaging and uplifting read, with a powerful message – kindness is a choice we all have to face. 
  5. Horrid Henry, by Francesca Simon (age 7+). If I was to do an inventory of what all my students are reading or would choose to read right now, Horrid Henry would be it. This is partly down to the dastardly and naughty little boy Henry who’s extremely funny. This series is filled with short to medium-length texts and is wonderfully illustration-heavy. Your child will be left with a real sense of pride (and maybe with some devilish inspiration) once reading these.

Hopefully, you’ve made it through that list and now feel inspired to tool up with some of these books and get your child on the path towards a life-long love of reading. 

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