Reading For Pleasure

At this time, reading for pleasure should be the focus with your children. It will create a world full of wonder while developing and widening their vocabulary.

OU Reading for Pleasure

Reading for Pleasure is the entitlement of every child, but how can we motivate and engage readers?

The Teachers as Readers study (The Open University and UK Literacy Association) and other OU studies have established effective ways to support children’s Reading for Pleasure (RfP). Based on the research, this website aims to support a vibrant professional community of teachers, student teachers, librarians and English leaders in order to nurture lifelong readers.

The OU Reading for Pleasure website is free. The monthly newsletter keeps staff up to date with any new books, developments in Reading for Pleasure and Case Studies.

Book Chat

Reading with your child can support them in developing a love of reading. The OU have come up with guides and videos to support parents with this. These can be found by clicking here.

Book Chat Guide

Book Chat Poster


Reading Aloud

Books for Topics 3-5

Books for Topics 5-7

Books for Topics 7-9

Books for Topics 9-11


Story Time

Story Time 3-5

Story Time 5-7

Story Time 7-9

Story Time 9-11

Top Ten Storytimes – 7-11 year olds

Top Ten Storytimes to Enjoy

Why Re-reading Story Books Matters


Picture Books

YR and Y1 Picture Books (Promoting Diversity)

YR and Y1 Picture books (About Fear and Worry)

Book Trust

Features: An extremely popular feature was written by Alison Tarrant, CEO of the School Library Association on how to get your school library ready for the new yearClick here
Features: Fun tips for children starting secondary school, by author Henry WhiteClick here
Sleep consultant Hannah Love share her top tips for helping your child get to sleepClick here
Author Felicity Brooks shares how to talk about feelings by using booksClick here
his month it was I Talk Like a River by Jordan ScottClick here
Jordan Scott talks about how stammering influences his writingClick here
Writer in Residence: Michael Rosen answered more important questionsClick here
What to Read AfterClick here
Black History Month BooklistClick here
Why it’s important to talk to children about Black livesClick here


Reading for Pleasure

Name and LinkInformation
Christmas Book Guide - Ages 3-5 yearsChristmas Book Gift Guide for ages 3-5
Christmas Book Guide - Ages 5-7 yearsChristmas Book Gift Guide for ages 5-7
Christmas Book Guide - Ages 7-9 yearsChristmas Book Gift Guide for ages 7-9
Christmas Book Guide - Ages 9-11 yearsChristmas Book Gift Guide for ages 9-11
Mental health and wellbeingMental health and wellbeing
History through booksHistory through books
Book Trust August 2022A selection of our favourite new releases for 0-12 year olds
Unicorn BooksCerrie Burnell selects seven books starring unicorns
Adventure BooksJulia Green inspires young adventures with this booklist
South Asia BooksDonna and Vikesh Amey Bhatt compiled a list of books that explore South Asia