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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. 


Our Reading Cafe event, where children got to taste a whole host of new and wonderful children's books, was a real hit, as is our regular Bears and Books at Bedtime event, where children come back to school in their pjs to listen to bedtime stories.  Alongside this, I recommend new and classic books each month through the monthly book list and now our monthly Reading Newsletter, listed below, which aims to connect children and families with the wonderful array of authors and children's books out there. 


The reading for pleasure suitcases, which have been trialled in Years 1, 2 and 3 have been a great success and allowed children to borrow their own choice of books to take home, together with hot chocolate, biscuits, blanket and special cuddly reading companions.  They are now being introduced within Robin Class and then into the other classes in September.


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.




St Nics Reading Newsletter, Incorporating The Book of the Month List

The monthly reading for pleasure newsletter I write, recommends children's books for each year groups.  These could be new books, or old classics, but they are all books I think you will enjoy sharing at home. I have now stated where I have my own copy of the book available to lend out, so just email and ask if you would like to borrow one. In addition to the monthly recommendations, in the newsletter I provide updates on reading across the school and include author spotlight information on popular authors to keep you updated all on things reading!



Miss Winter

St Nic's English Coordinator

May 2021 Edition

This month the author spotlight is on author Zanib Mian, who has written some great picturebooks, as well as the hugely popular Planet Omar series, which we have in school.  Happy Reading!