Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Read for My School Reading Competition Launched in the U.K.

A new literacy initiative: The Pearson Foundation and Booktrust, with support from the UK Department for Education, has initiated Read for My School, a brand new national school reading competition to help promote reading for pleasure amongst children in the U.K.

Modeling We Give Books’ Read for My School, the program in the U.K. will be available for free for all children age 5 to 6 in the first year of primary school in England. The competitive program is designed to be fun, while challenging children to read as many books as they can from eight different categories over a two-month period. The program also gives children the opportunity to read their way to rewards for themselves and their schools. All schools that take part in Read for My School will have a chance to win a donation of books from over 100,000 titles provided by Pearson.

Children’s author Jeremy Strong helped kickoff Read for My School at the Telegraph Bath Festival of Children’s Literature during which he said: “What always strikes me when I talk to children that read a lot is that they do so because it's fun. I wouldn't sell many books if children were only reading because it is useful or because they'd been told to by their teacher.”

Read for My School is a fun, free and easy way to create a whole school reading culture and is based on the idea that the more children enjoy reading, the more they’ll read. To learn more go to www.readformyschool.co.uk.

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