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Encouraging book talk in the school library
Encouraging book talk in the school library

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4 Reading clubs

Reading opens minds. Through books, a reader enters different worlds, sees other points of view, experiences new emotions and situations. A reading club is a great chance to read different books, to find books you might never have considered yourself. To share your views with others is much more fun than looking away inside your head.

Nicola Morgan

There is plenty of support to help you run a reading club in your own school.

Chatterbooks [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] is an educational initiative associated with The Reading Agency, which works with public libraries and schools to run children's reading groups.

Scholastic has information and various links related to setting up and joining book clubs.

Your pupils could get involved with the CBBC Book Club and talk about the books they like on this website.

Best of all, you could start your own reading club and get pupils talking and engaged with book-related activities.

Activity 4

Investigate the possibility of starting a book or reading club in your own school.

Prepare an e-mail or memo to invite colleagues to discuss the possibility and to enlist support.