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St John XXIII Catholic Primary School Inspiring Faith in our Future

Love of Reading

We hold many events during the year to promote children's love of reading. Some of these events include:


  • Scholastic Book Fair 
  • Assemblies based around a book
  • Stay and read sessions 
  • World Book Day Celebrations 
  • Children's International Book Day 
  • Book Swap
  • Book Buddies 


We are always looking for more ways to celebrate the love of reading we have in the school  so please come and lets us know of any more ideas. 


Our key principles for developing reading for pleasure are:

  1. Developing an ethos and an environment that excites, enthuses, inspires and values

  2. High quality texts with depth and interest in story, character, illustration, vocabulary, structure and subject matter

  3. A read aloud programme

  4. Teachers who are knowledgeable about children’s literature

  5. Creating a community of readers with opportunities to share responses and opinions

  6. Planning for talking about books and stories, providing structures within which to do this

  7. Understanding the importance of illustration in reading both in terms of creating a text and responding to a text

  8. Using drama and role play to help children to understand and access texts

  9. Working with authors and author/illustrators to understand the process of creating books

  10. Using literature beyond the literacy lesson – cross-curricular planning with quality literature as the starting point