It’s World Book Day on 1 March where parents and teachers take a heightened interest in encouraging their children to pick up a book and read. It’s a fantastic day where they can have fun with some of their favourite books and stories.
What would be even more fantastic would be for the day to create a lasting impression on children and for books to be an all-year round interest. The National Literacy Trust says boys’ reading lags behind girls and that action should be taken to encourage boys (in particular) to read more.
We know that some of the problems lie with gender specific books and boy stereotyping, but we’d like to encourage you to think more about the reading environments within your school.
Here’s some top tips on how to improve your reading areas and keep your class interested all year round:
- Use book displays - which could include ‘Books of the week’. This will show the front cover of both fiction and non-fiction books and will need rotating once a week to keep pupils interested. Do this from an early age to keep them interested.
- Create a vibrant, colourful library setting - which incorporates breakout furniture. The most interesting the breakout furniture is the more engaging this is for children. They can choose a book and sit down in a ‘hide-away’ seating and start reading.
- Have a wide range of books available - that are in good condition, as reading for pleasure is at the core of the new curriculum. The books could have additional support in the form of board games with written instructions, comics, letter games, even pen pals. This alternative form might sneak under the radar of children not interested in reading.
- Make story time engaging - have an area which is vibrant and interesting for story time where the children can sit down to engage in stories read by the teacher. This area can be in your school’s library or the classroom. Use colourful rugs and cushions for the younger children and create a cosy environment. You could try introducing question time which can make story time more interactive for the children.
- Try a themed library - such as woodland, castle, or space. Introduce themed furniture, graphics, flooring and book displays. This gives a focus and a topic for children to get excited by.
- Work with local authors - and try special workshops where the author will read with the children and start work on creative writing. They can use the story of the book to create artwork, plays, and poems.
- Award systems - or record of achievements will provide motivation and a sense of accomplishment for children for reading a story or completing a book/chapter.
If you’re interested in vibrant, fun, practical and engaging furniture that could transform any reading area, please visit the design section or our website or get in touch.