The children’s books that make our parents and teachers tick

By |2011-07-20T14:52:00+00:00July 20th, 2011|Reading|

Regular readers will know a while back I asked our children's parents and  teachers to donate a copy of their favourite childhood book to the school library. The idea wasn't to generate a source of free books for the library  so much as to get reading conversations going in and out of school, get  parents  [...]

You can’t make someone read…

By |2011-07-20T11:35:00+00:00July 20th, 2011|Reading|

So starts Daniel Pennac’s The Rights of the Reader, and so said - in the same words - the site manager at my school to me this morning. I was bugging him for some new shelves in my office to support the stacks on stacks of books building up in my somewhat (ahem) bijou office [...]

Restarting the heart of school reading

By |2011-07-15T10:15:00+00:00July 15th, 2011|Reading|

At the centre of our sprawling, labyrinthine school lies the Key Stage 2 library. It's central position means every child in Key Stage 2 passes it every day several times. However, while it's at the heart of the school in literal terms, it's not currently at the heart of the school ideologically and as you [...]

More reading histories (and making reading histories)

By |2011-07-02T21:44:00+00:00July 2nd, 2011|Reading|

So it seems once you start hearing people's reading autobiographies the trend spreads outwards until suddenly you're hearing them all over the place.   On Friday I was at a reading conference at The Guardian where Andy Stanton, author of the Mr Gum stories, talked about his reading history, from an early obsession with Mr [...]