Reading for pleasure resources

Find helpful hints, advice, tips and tricks to help you build a reading for pleasure culture in your school.

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BookTrust Represents

BookTrust Represents is our programme which supports and promotes authors and illustrators of colour. Head to our 'Support for Schools' page to sign up for our free virtual author visits and find book recommendations.

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More useful tips

Get top tips for encouraging a reading for pleasure culture in your school, with tried and tested ideas from teachers and staff.

Find useful pointers to help you engage all sorts of children with books - from the importance of inclusive bookshelves to supporting reluctant readers.

Get ideas on how to make the most of your library or book corner, from quick wins to engaging the whole school community.

Poetry Prompts

Poetry Prompts is the flagship programme from Waterstones Children's Laureate Joseph Coelho, designed to encourage a love of reading and writing poetry.

A new video is released each week with a fun activity for children to try, from writing haiku to discovering techniques like alliteration, rhyme and similes.

Each video is accompanied by a downloadable resource from CLPE to help you make the most of the videos in your classroom.

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How BookTrust can help teachers like you

BookTrust Represents

'I loved it!'

Find out what four Year 6 children thought of our BookTrust Represents virtual author visit with Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock.

Poetry Prompts

Using them as a teaching tool

Esther Brown, Primary English Lead, shares how she has used Joseph Coelho's Poetry Prompts with her students.


How it helped get one school reading

Mr Pocknell from Our Lady Queen Of Peace Catholic Primary School explains how Pyjamarama has helped to build a reading for pleasure culture.


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