Research from the National Literacy Trust shows that children who enjoy reading have a higher reading age that those that don’t. An excellent way of motivating and inspiring your pupils to engage with reading is to shadow a book award.
There are lots of ways to run shadowing schemes from the traditional book club model of sitting in a circle and discussing books, to running inventive and creative programmes across the curriculum engaging all sorts of readers both pupils and teachers. Sometimes the hard-to-reach readers may need to be persuaded to join in so creative games and activities are a great way to do this.
Examples of tried and tested creative activities include: vlogging, making book trailer videos and creating music playlists. Edible treats are always a great motivator so provide these at your sessions too and keep reading central by having a book cover bake-off.
Taking part in a book award can increase a child’s pleasure and enjoyment in reading, expand their reading repertoire, promote discussion and help them to engage with high-quality books.
Give shadowing a try it’s the perfect stimulus to engage all sorts of readers, click here if you would like to find out more about our very own Juniper Book Awards