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Sally’s Library Solutions – Shadowing book awards

By October 4, 2019April 16th, 2020No Comments

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

Sally Harrison

Sally Harrison

Sally is the School Library Service manager for Juniper Education. She has worked in primary school and public libraries for 17 years and as a children’s book reviewer. She is a chartered librarian, a member of the Association of Senior Children’s and Education Librarians and has been a board member of the School Library Association.