I have always enjoyed reading to my classes but it was during the first Covid 19 lockdown that I truly became a ‘Reader Teacher’. This was almost entirely due to discovering Scott Evans on Twitter, being inspired by his fantastic book recommendations, and intoduced to an online book community through his ever-popular Primary School Book Club.
Scott shares his vast knowledge of creating and sustaining a positive reading culture in schools in the form of 100 tried and tested practical ideas that teachers can easily adapt to make a difference in their own schools.
Split into 11 parts, the book follows Scott’s reading roadmap focusing on ways to develop reading for pleasure in the classroom, how to use the school and local libraries more effectively, engage families and parents in reading and collaborate with authors and illustrators. Central to this is raising children who are able, active and accomplished readers.
Right from the outset, Scott makes it clear that reading for pleasure isn’t a once a week lesson or an off the shelf remedy and that it something that requires cultivating over time.
This is without a doubt, essential reading for teachers, reading leads and school librarians!
About the Author
Scott Evans is a primary school teacher, reading for pleasure adviser and enthusiast, and children’s book consultant, content creator, critic and influencer. He reads, reviews and recommends a range of children’s literature on his website and YouTube channel, both called The Reader Teacher, to help teachers, schools, parents and children find the best books to read. He also hosts #PrimarySchoolBookClub – a monthly Twitter-based children’s book club, chat and vote for anyone working in primary education and wanting to read the latest literature. Scott has been on the judging panels for numerous children’s book awards, including the Blue Peter Book Awards and the Lollies. Follow Scott on Twitter @MrEPrimary
100 IDEAS for Primary Teachers: Reading for Pleasure is published by Bloomsbury Education on 30th March.
Thank you to Enisha Samra and Bloomsbury Education for my review copy and inviting me to be part of the blog tour.