Reading Champions is an inspirational approach that uses the positive power of peer influence to get reluctant readers, specifically boys, into reading. At Millgate School, we include all staff and students in our Reading Champions programme in order to promote literacy, but more importantly, nurture a love of reading.
Why we’re committed to Reading Champions: Reading for pleasure is more important than either wealth or social class as an indicator of success at school. Yet only 40% of England’s ten year olds have a positive attitude to reading. The figure for Italy is 64% and 58% for Germany.
Reading for pleasure will unlock potential and ambition; it will provide a pathway into the world.
You don’t need a lesson to get you reading though. Why not start now?! If you’re looking for a great read, here are some favourites:
Something for everyone…
Auggie wants to be an ordinary ten-year-old. He does ordinary things – eating ice cream, playing on his Xbox. He is ordinary – inside. But ordinary kids don’t make other ordinary kids run away screaming in playgrounds. Ordinary kids aren’t stared at wherever they go.
Born with a terrible facial abnormality, Auggie has been home-schooled by his parents his whole life. Now, for the first time, he’s being sent to a real school – and he’s dreading it. All he wants is to be accepted – but can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, underneath it all?
We’ve got to go. Now.’ It’s early morning and Danny’s mother is at his bedside, urging him to get up. They’re on the run from Chris, his mother’s boyfriend, a violent man who beats them both up, and won’t let them go.
Chris pursues Danny and his mother from London to the north, where they take refuge with Danny’s grandparents. But even there, nothing is safe. Danny is conspicuous as the only mixed-race boy in their small community, and with the ever-present threat of discovery, he has to learn how to live continually on the edge.
THE KITE RUNNER
Afghanistan, 1975: Twelve-year-old Amir is desperate to win the local kite-fighting tournament and his loyal friend Hassan promises to help him. But neither of the boys can foresee what will happen to Hassan that afternoon, an event that is to shatter their lives. After the Russians invade and the family is forced to flee to America, Amir realises that one day he must return to Afghanistan under Taliban rule to find the one thing that his new world cannot grant him: redemption.
If you fancy a challenge…
Local libraries often run events all in the holidays. Why not contact them to find out more?