Reading for Pleasure

We know that reading for pleasure is important, but what are the key benefits?

  • Reading for pleasure has many non-literacy benefits and can increase empathy, improve relationships with others, reduce the symptoms of depression and improve wellbeing throughout life (The Reading Agency 2015).
  • Reading for pleasure has social benefits as well and can make people feel more connected to the wider community. Reading increases a person’s understanding of their own identity, improves empathy and gives them an insight into the world view of others (The Reading Agency 2015).
  • Students with more positive attitudes towards reading are more likely to read at or above the expected level for their age (Clark 2014).
  • There is a strong association between the amount of reading for pleasure students say they do and their reading achievement (Twist 2007).
  • Students who read for pleasure make significantly more progress in vocabulary, spelling and maths than children who read very little (Sullivan and Brown 2013).
  • Teachers who encourage students to read books of their choice for pleasure is a major contribution towards students developing a positive attitude towards reading and a life-long interest in reading. (International Reading Association, 2014).

Each month we will release a new virtual bookcase, with links to some of our favourite books (including non-fiction and poetry!). All adults in our school are encouraged to contribute to these and it is a great way to ignite our own passion for reading and find out about new book releases too!


September 2021
November 2021
January 2021
March 2022
October 2021
December 2021
February 2021
July 2022