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.

Start the Story highlights

Find out the learnings from our free Start the Story events last year across nine cities, reaching over 400 primary and secondary teachers and school librarians.

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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