Read for My School 2015
Read for My School challenges children in Years 3-8 attending primary and secondary schools in England to read as many books as they can across two months of the spring term. Prizes are available for pupils and for schools taking part in the competition, at regional and national levels.
Registration for Read for My School 2016 will be opening soon!
Over 200,000 children take part in the competition each year, and to date they have read almost 2,000,000 books between them as part of Read for My School.
Congratulations and thank you to everyone who took part in 2015. This year 500 children won prizes generously donated by Accessorize/Monsoon, The Beano, Penguin Schools and Pottermore.
Read for My School is:
- free for primary and secondary schools in England
- open to classes in years 3 and 4; 5 and 6; and 7 and 8
Children who attend participating schools are encouraged to:
- read as much as they can
- explore a variety of genres and formats
- make their own choices as readers
- recommend titles to friends
- submit a review of an online title via the ‘Write’ section of their personal account
The competitive element of the programme is designed to:
- be fun and motivate children of all abilities, with a variety of interests, to read for pleasure
- give children the opportunity to read and write their way to rewards for themselves and their schools
All participating schools were:
- given exclusive access to an online library of titles which their pupils can read for free on the competition website.
- able to download a list of Recommended Reads from a variety of publishers, which teachers can encourage their pupils to look for at home and in their school or local library or bookshop.
Recommended reads 2015
In addition to the 100 books that were available to read online on the Read for My School website, we are also providing a list of carefully selected Recommended Reads for Years 3 and 4, and 5 and 6, which teachers could use to encourage their pupils to seek out in their local library or book shop.
The competition will now close on 10 April, but the deadline for online book reviews will still be 20 March.
Jeremy Strong, children's author and 2014 Read for My School ambassador:
I'm really lucky that my work as a children's author takes me into schools up and down the country. And what always strikes me when I talk to children that read a lot is that they do so because it's fun. I wouldn't sell many books if children were only reading because it was useful or because they'd been told to by their teacher. Read for My School is a brilliant initiative because it's based on the idea that the more you enjoy reading - the more it inspires you, makes you guffaw, or cry, or exclaim, or scratch your head - the more you'll want to read.
Viv Bird, former Chief Executive, Book Trust:
Over the years Book Trust's national schools programmes and resources have proved to be invaluable in helping pupils become enthusiastic and confident readers, so critical for their personal and educational development. With Read for My School, we have the chance to build on that success and really crack the challenge of helping all children to enjoy reading.