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Reading for pleasure

Creating a love of reading for pleasure in children in critical. Enjoyment, creativity, imagination, greater self-esteem, empathy, relaxation, escapism and improved communication skills are well-known benefits of reading.

Reading for enjoyment has also been found to have an impact on how well children and young
people perform in general:

  • Children who read for enjoyment are likely to do significantly better at school than their peers (Sullivan and Brown, 2013)
  • Reading for enjoyment has been linked to other learning outcomes, such as higher performance in maths and science. (PISA, OECD, 2011)

Recommended Reads – attachments (100 reads and 6 ways to read)

Useful links and apps:


Book Trust


Oxford Owl


Busy Things