22 Nov Introducing Picture Book Club
Book Clubs in Schools started off in primary schools with parent volunteers leading the clubs. As our own children moved to secondary school, we realised the need to promote reading for pleasure in KS3 and KS4 was enormous, so we created a programme that could be delivered by the pupils in state secondary schools. This meant that two groups of pupils benefitted – the older ones as leaders and the younger ones as book clubbers. With independent schools, we adopted a slightly different approach, the book club leaders are at secondary schools running book clubs for Year 5s or Year 6s in a local state primary school. To date, over 17,000 young people have taken part in our book clubs.
Back to our roots… following requests from teachers, we’ve developed a peer-led book club for primary schools with Year 5s reading to Year 1s. This plays to our Director Katy’s strengths as she has an MA in Children’s Literature from Goldsmiths, where Michael Rosen is Professor of Children’s Literature.
We’ve picked the most engaging, lively, diverse picture books to help cultivate a reading for pleasure culture in your school. We’ve trialled in Picture Book Club in 12 schools with great success. We’re now launching it across the UK (mainland only, for postage reasons). There are currently two boxes of books to choose from and the cost is £125 a box.
So, whether you’re teaching from KS1 to KS4, we now have a book club for you!
Picture Book Club aims to achieve the following outcomes :
• Increased confidence of Year 5s as readers
• Opportunity for Year 5s to model reading
• Reinforce a reading for pleasure culture throughout the school
• Inspire the younger pupils to be readers
• Opportunity for Year 1 pupils to be read to more regularly and experience a wider range of stories (particularly for those who might not be read to at home)
• A space for Year 1 and Year 5 pupils to talk about picture books on a one-to-one or small group basis and develop their ‘book talk’
The image shows posts on X from Abbey Catholic Primary School showing Picture Book Club in action.