The Importance of Reading

The Importance of Reading

As educators, we all know the importance of reading. How it improves vocabulary; how it helps students be able to express themselves; how it broadens imagination and idea generation and how it equips our young people with the tools they will need for their lives beyond school. 

Reading, for some children, is magical - they have a wealth of books available to them and they actively enjoy sitting down with a book to read, either alone or as a shared experience with someone. Sadly, this is not the case for all. Some children don't have access to any books. Some children see reading as a chore. Some would rather do literally ANYTHING other than read, Some children aren't encouraged to read. Some children don't know what genre is to their taste. It's a wonderful opportunity we have as teachers to support students with their reading and to spark interest and joy around it. 

To model reading, to support with book choices, to offer praise and encouragement, to spark up conversations about books - all of these small things could potentially make the WORLD of difference to a child. Who can you plan to support next week? 

I will put some secondary school recommendations below and update this with any of your recommendations that come through! 

Recommendations for Secondary:

  • Parvana's Journey by Deborah Ellis
  • The Fastest Boy in the World by Elizabeth Laird
  • Boy, Everywhere by A.M Dassu
  • Crater Lake by Jennifer Killick
  • Slay by Brittney Morris
  • The Case of the Left Handed Lady by Nancy Springer
  • A Girl Called Justice by Elly Griffiths
  • Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan
  • The Scarlet and Ivy series by Sophie Cleverly
  • Murder Most Unladylike series by Robin Stevens
  • Black and British by David Olusoga 
  • Frankly in Love by David Yoon
  • Fall Out by C.G Moore
  • Clean Getaway by Nic Stone
  • The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta
  • The Boy at the Back of the Class by Onjali Rauf
  • The Star Outside my Window by Onjali Rauf
  • Boy 87 by 
  • Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes
  • I am Thunder and I won't Keep Quiet by Muhammad Khan