For schools

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Islington schools are a key pillar in supporting reading for enjoyment in the community. Here you can find free, hand-picked resources from all Get Islington Reading partners to support creating a strong reading for pleasure culture.

Reading audit

We recommend starting with the Reading Audit to gage your school's strengths and challenges in reading for pleasure practice, then selecting resources that will support your areas for improvement. Four key themes we have identified in this audit are:

CONNECT: Creating community of readers

SHARE: Encouraging book talk and recommendations

EMPOWER: Supporting readers' independent choice of book

CELEBRATE: Providing fun and creative opportunities that promote confidence and enjoyment

Literacy resources

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    Teaching resources

    Access all of our resources for early years, primary and secondary school.
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    Author directory

    An author visit is a fantastic way to spend your Get Islington Reading budget.
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    Words for Life

    Ages 0-12: search by age for fun family activities to help support your children’s literacy.
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    Zone In

    Age 13+: tips for young adults to boost reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.
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    Virtual School Library

    Free books, exclusive videos and recommended reads from top children's authors and illustrators
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    Islington libraries

    Find your nearest library and sign up for free today
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    Summer Reading Challenge

    The Summer Reading Challenge platform is available all year round!
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    Book of Hopes

    Short stories, poems, essays and pictures from over 100 leading children's authors and illustrators
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    Running a virtual book group

    Tips for ensuring reading brings fun, solace and escapism while children are socially distancing
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    Penguin Lit in Colour

    Supporting inclusive reading in schools with resources for primary and secondary teachers
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    Reading Road Map

    A reading initiative aimed to nurture reading for pleasure and help to improve literacy from KS1 to KS3
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    Story Explorers Podcast

    Story explorers from different primary schools interview, chat with and challenge top children's authors
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    Premier League Reading Stars

    Inspire primary school children in everything from English to wellbeing and sport with free, curriculum-linked resources
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    Chatter Books

    Digital story time and rhyme packs for children aged 5-12
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    Seed packet resource

    Inspired by Sita Brahmachari's book 'Where the River Runs Gold'. Suitable for years 3-6 to support transition to secondary school
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    Islington Stories

    School resource packs developed by Islington Heritage Service
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Recommended reads

Lots of these titles are available from Islington Libraries.

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    Something new for 2021

    Books to inspire children and young people to learn a new skill, support them during this hard time or to offer them a new adventure to escape into
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    Brilliant books by black authors and illustrators

    65 brilliant books for children and young people, from birth to young adult
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    Islington Great Reads

    Titles for all ages recommended by Islington libraries, on exciting themes including banned books, pride and neurodiversity
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    Reading Well

    Book recommendations for children aged 7-11 to support their mental health and wellbeing
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    THE 100 Caribbean Books That Made Us

    A crowd-sourced canon from the Bocas Lit Fest
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    Refugee Week book list

    Stories of inclusivity and resilience for ages 5-12
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    Celebrate Pride Month

    Pride and LGBTQ+ book lists for ages 0-16
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