We are extremely proud of our links with local schools, and we get approached very often by schools who wish to partner with us in promoting literacy and celebrating books and reading. Our most popular services seek to match authors visiting our area to go into schools as part of a school author visit.
Author visits are popular and when they work well can motivate children to read and transform the way children look at books and reading.
Demand from schools always outweighs our ability to find an author at an appropriate time, so here are some of the other ideas and initiatives in which you can partner with Mostly Books to give reading a boost in your school.
Creative Writing Workshops
If you are looking for an author event or someone to run a creative writing workshop at you school and give your literacy and creative writing a boost, then we would like to pass on a very generous offer from debut novelist, Ian Johnstone, to run a workshop free of charge.
Ian's new book is 'The Bell Between Worlds', the first instalment of a wonderful new fantasy trilogy, The Mirror Chronicles, just out in paperback.
Ian is keen to get out and about to meet his audience and is offering free creative writing workshops for Yr 6 and 7 pupils based on a mysterious 'Box of Things' that will encourage pupils to imagine what magical powers ordinary objects might possess.
His workshops cover a wide range of purposes and audiences, including stories, scripts, poetry and other imaginative Writing and will last 1.5 hours - 2 hours, can be flexible according to school's needs.
For further details do get in touch with Ian at firstname.lastname@example.org
Bring in a local expert to help with selection for your school library and get your pupils involved in boosting library selection.
Everyone loves a new book! Whether its people longing to read the latest David Walliams, or whether it’s a child who can never quite find the right book in the library that they want to read – new titles can be very inspiring to encourage children to give a new book a chance. Research has shown that allowing children to browse, choose and then read a book themselves has huge implications for things like curiosity and creativity. Libraries and bookshops are great places for this to happen!
Hold a competition to design the book jacket or write a blurb that describes the book they most would like to read – it can be one they’ve read before that isn’t in the school library, or they can make one up. Children can pay £1 to enter and the money raised can be spent on new books and Mostly Books can look at all the entries and suggest a range of titles that best reflect the choices your children are making. Parents Teacher Associations are usually brilliant at matching any funds raised.
Hold a Sponsored Readathon
You don’t just have to celebrate books around World Book Day (although it’s a great focus when you get those £1 vouchers). Next time you hold a school activity, eg a school fair, why not set aside a quiet corner for sponsored reading? Get children involved, but also teachers and parents as well - when children see adults reading it makes them think books are part of the grown-up world.
Picture books, chapter books, poetry – see how long reading can be kept up at your school over the course of a day. Get as many people involved as possible. Why not have a sponsored mass read? Invite as many children as possible to spend a break time reading, or an hour reading. Stop school for an hour and get the whole school to read! See how long your school can read for. Asking people for sponsorship helps raise money for new books for the library.
Host a book fair
One of the most popular services Mostly Books offers to schools is to bring in a selection of all the latest and best of the new reads - and run a book fair. Our job is to meet with all those publishers, attend conferences and book fairs and to read, read, read, to discover all the very best and latest in children’s books.
We can bring a selection to your school and either leave them for the children to browse – or invite us in for a talk to your children about all the discoveries that are getting us excited.
There are plenty of brilliant but simple ideas that can generate buzz about books in your school. Share you ideas, or invite us in for a chat about how uniting local schools with local, independent expert booksellers is having a significant impact on literacy at other schools in the area.
Make your school a champion of literacy by inspiring a love of reading!
Promote a Family Reading Group to parents
In 2014, we introduced the concept of a Family Reading Group. The idea is to give families the idea and support for taking time regularly to sit down with books. Children see their parents reading, and time and space is created to allow children to discover favourite books. Learn more about this initiative here.
"Everyone can do something - just ten minutes reading a day with a child makes a huge difference and helps them fall in love with reading." - ReadOnGetOn