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Your tips for developing a positive reading culture at school

Highlights from the submissions to the "Reading Culture in Schools" competition

28 Jun 2018
The “Reading Culture in Schools” competition closed on the 14 June, with 29 entries from 15 countries, and all corners of the world.

The winning teacher has now been contacted by email with the good news, so if you haven’t already, make sure your check your inboxes – and the spam folders!

Thank you to our community members who were so generous in sharing their experiences and best practice, often developed over many years of testing and refining their approach. We were very impressed by the collective expertise on display, and the widespread passion for developing new generations of avid readers.

There were so many inspiring ideas that we decided to pick a few highlights to share with you – we hope you enjoy them. You can find more ideas and inspiration in Resources, then select category “Reading Culture in Schools” competition.

It will come as no surprise that libraries featured in almost every single submission. Far from merely providing book storage facilities, they are lovingly transformed into welcoming, relaxed spaces, with comfortable seating areas and reading or study corners. They entice learners with a wide selection of genres and formats, book displays and expert advice.

We loved the library in Brookhouse International School in Nairobi, with its incredible spiral tree staircase! See it for yourselves on page 2 of the submission by John Chao.

Competitions can be a great incentive. At the Albert Einstein Institute in Panama, students devour books to collect the number of kilometres (1 book = 1 km) to allow them to travel from Panama to Indonesia (see page 3, submission by Denise Blumenfeld), and at the Light International School in Nairobi, they read a book a week as part of the #50booksin2018 trend (submission by William Kamotho). Check out #50booksin2018 on Twitter!

Involving parents
The International School of Choueifat in Lahore sets an excellent example of how to extend the book-loving effort to the home environment. Their brochure “How to help your child with reading” includes example questions parents may ask after reading and some very practical tips for how to develop a love of reading (e.g. “Let them turn the pages” or “Have a reading picnic on a blanket outside” – see page 17 of the submission by Iman Farooq).

So, what is going to be the next thing YOU do in your school to encourage the love of reading? We’d love to hear – let us know in the comments below!

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