Resource type: Projects, programmes and workshops
Price band: Free
Key stage: Adult
Region(s): All of UK
The Teachers’ Reading Challenge is an initiative run by The Reading Agency in partnership with the Open University that encourages teachers to read and comment on six or more children’s books over the summer. This year’s Teachers’ Reading Challenge runs from 27th June to 29th October.
The Teachers’ Reading Challenge grew out of research that demonstrates that teachers’ knowledge of children’s literature is essential for developing a rich reading curriculum and encouraging a reading habit in young people. Teachers sign up to the Challenge on the dedicated website where they can post reviews, get book recommendations and share best practice with other members of the Teachers’ Reading Challenge Community.
About The Reading Agency: The Reading Agency is a charity that runs UK-wide programmes that promote the benefits of reading for children and adults. Its vision is for a world where everyone is reading their way to a better life.
About the Open University: The Open University provides world-leading, flexible, part-time study, supported distance and open learning for undergraduate and postgraduate courses.
- Find out more about the background research for the Teachers’ Reading Challenge on the OU Reading for Pleasure website.
- Sign up for the Open University’s free, online Developing Reading for Pleasure: Engaging Young Readers CPD course.
- Keep your reading going once the summer is over by joining a teachers’ reading group. Choose from the OU/UKLA Teachers’ Reading Groups or the Reading Teachers = Reading Pupils network.
- Books for Keeps is a free online magazine designed to help teachers and librarians keep abreast of new titles and issues relating to the children’s book world.
- Find more book recommendation sites here.