Reading in schools

Get advice on setting up a visit from an author or illustrator and encouraging a reading for pleasure culture in your school.

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Arrange an author or illustrator visit

Bringing a writer, poet, illustrator or storyteller into your school is a great way to inspire children and bring reading to life.

Children's Book Week

How to hold a Children's Book Week at your school: a week-long celebration of reading for pleasure.

Inspiring activities

A year of reading activities

Teacher Deb Texeira wanted to put the love back into her primary school's library... so she devised a year of fun activities to get pupils reading! Find out how she got on.

Staring into space: creative activities for children

Former Children's Laureate Lauren Child and super teacher Josey Scullard present six inspiring activities to get children to think creatively.

Illustrations in search of a story

Get your students creating their own stories from illustrations by former Children's Laureate Chris Riddell.

Find out about running one of our fantastic programmes in your school


Tips and ideas for schools

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Great Books Guide

Our favourite children's books from the past year, from teeny babies all the way up to 11 year olds. The right book is what a child actually wants to read – and we hope this guide inspires you to find that book. 

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Find your next reading adventure

Looking for your child's next book or a reading list on a certain issue for school? From babies to teenagers, we've got it covered!


Find your next book

Use the Bookfinder to find the perfect book for you, your family and friends.

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Information on disability and children's books

Find advice and book recommendations for families, teachers, librarians, authors and publishers.