English: Promoting reading for pleasure

Top resources to help you to get secondary students talking about books and making thoughtful reading recommendations to one another

Tes Resources Team

KS3 & KS4 Students Reading For Pleasure Reading For Pleasure In Preparation For World Book Day

Reignite secondary students’ long-lost passion for books and reading with these hand-picked resources

There are many things that change during the transition from primary to secondary school and the number of students reading for pleasure is one of them. Here, we’ve brought together a selection of popular resources to start exalting the joys of reading once again, as well as ideas to support learners as they go about choosing the right books for them.

'Book Ninjas' Library Tasks
MissCResources

'Book Ninjas' Library Tasks

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30 engaging tasks for students to complete in the library. I created these little library challenge cards for my boys group who really engaged with them! The idea is that ninjas are silent and focused and a class in the library should be too. These vary in ability and challenge and be easily adapted...
Reading skills KS4
Miss_s_k

Reading skills KS4

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A good way of practising close reading skills.. these resources are: 1. a selection of openings to novels; can be used in a number of ways.. with frameworks to develop close reading skills, dicussion, when beginning a novel with a particular effective opening. 2. powerpoint for reading lesson; memor...
Student reading project with lists and exciting varied tasks
Mrsmumbles

Student reading project with lists and exciting varied tasks

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This is an ideal pack for anyone wanting to encourage their students to read widely and perhaps try a different range of books. It is aimed at KS3 age students, mainly year sevens and eights. However, it is just as useful for aspiration Commin Entrance exam students who are keen to brush up on book ...
72 young adult books to get teenagers reading
TES_Editorial

72 young adult books to get teenagers reading

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One English teacher threw away her class sets of reading books and came up with a revolutionary new canon to inspire reluctant readers. Working with her school librarian, she sought out teachable, modern books that were connected to the curriculum but were also exciting to read and relevant to stude...
The (incomplete) Lit in Colour book list - KS2
ZNabagereka

The (incomplete) Lit in Colour book list - KS2

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The lists are designed primarily to support school teachers who want to bring exciting texts into their classrooms, but also offer support to their pupils with great book ideas and suggestions for independent reading. We have listed suitable titles offered by year group, and have done our best to ha...
The (incomplete) Lit in Colour book list: KS3-5
ZNabagereka

The (incomplete) Lit in Colour book list: KS3-5

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The lists are designed primarily to support school teachers who want to bring exciting texts into their classrooms, but also offer support to their pupils with great book ideas and suggestions for independent reading. We have listed suitable titles offered by year group, and have done our best to ha...
"Why should I read?" author comments for display
Sophie Bartlett

"Why should I read?" author comments for display

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Ashley Booth (@MrBoothY6 on Twitter) started this brilliant idea by asking authors on Twitter why they think children should read - he has collated all of the responses here (there are LOADS!): https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/authors-reasons-to-read-11702156 I chose a mere 39 of those and...