Date to celebrate - October 5-11 - Children's Book Week

25th September 2009 at 01:00

What's it all about?

A chance to encourage a passion for reading in your primary students. Spur them on in their reading skills through a variety of engaging exercises, encourage reading for pleasure and set them on the road to becoming a writer.

Classroom ideas

The theme this year is Words and Pictures, so encourage your pupils to think visually in their reading and writing. Start by downloading a pack from, which includes resources for different key stages and posters to display in the classroom.

If you have time, invite a local writer into your school to read and talk to the pupils. Hold a "Dress up as your favourite character" day to keep things visual. Create a cosy reading area, dim the lights and read aloud some of your favourite extracts.

You can organise book quizzes with prizes and get pupils to create bright covers and illustrations for their favourite books early on, which can then be used as display work throughout the week.

Involve the school library as much as possible, but if you have time, perhaps organise a trip to either the local area library or liaise with the manager of a bookshop and develop a few activities for pupils, such as recommendation cards for other customers.

Help, I've got no time to prepare

The pack will give you loads of great ideas, or you can try the bookedup website for recommendations of several authors at For writing tips take a look at, or for quick, fun games go to

TES lesson resource

For a great chapter-by-chapter workbook guide to Louis Sachar's "Holes" go to

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