How to celebrate reading all year round according to Edutwitter
![alt text](/filestore/BlogImage/3be06110-0836-4690-b76f-067a498db7c3/8e2b3145-da46-4d0a-999b-145aba4fdceeHowtocelebratereadingthroughouttheyearaccordingtoEdutwitter.jpg "How to celebrate reading throughout the year") Once the dust has settled on World Book Day, how do you keep the reading engine running throughout the year? This question was posed by our favourite Twitter community get together, [@PrimaryRocks](https://twitter.com/PrimaryRocks1). If you don’t already know about [#PrimaryRocks](https://twitter.com/search?q=%23primaryrocks&src=typed_query), you’re missing out! The account on Twitter hosts educational chat in the EduTwittersphere every Monday at 8pm. If you’re looking for inspiration at the chalk face, it’s the perfect place. On Monday 24th February 2020, Primary Rocks asked its followers to provide suggestions for celebrating reading throughout the year and EduTwitter did not disappoint. Here’s a selection of our favourites. ## [Promote book chat](https://twitter.com/primaryteachew/status/1232036113281359872?s=20) suggested by [@primaryteachew](https://twitter.com/primaryteachew) “Having children see teachers and other adults loving reading. Promote book talk. Have it as a social activity, not just an academic one!” **What we say:** Providing opportunity for book chat is one sure-fire way of creating a reading culture at your school. Provide *all* members of staff with dry-wipe signs or badges to write on what they are currently reading and encourage all adults at the school to discuss reading with pupils. That includes cleaners, lunch supervisors, the school nurse, even visitors to the school. Not only will it encourage a reading culture, it may help to build stronger relationships between pupils and adults in the school. ## [Read to your class](https://twitter.com/MisterFirth/status/1232034777282306048?s=20) suggested by [@MisterFirth](https://twitter.com/MisterFirth) “Read. To. Your. Class. Every. Day.” **What we say:** It’s simple but a goody. Ring fencing time to read to your class every single day helps plug that gap for those pupils who are missing out on being read to by an adult at home. It’s comforting and enjoyable and helps to create a long-lasting love of books and stories. You remember that book that teacher read to you way back when, don’t you? ## [Rock ‘n’ roll reading](https://twitter.com/MrKAdams_/status/1232034491058806785?s=20) suggested by [@MrKAdams\_](https://twitter.com/MrKAdams_) “We’ve introduced a Reading Rocks assembly. We have a guest (teachers, parents, visitors like the mayor etc) come in on Monday morning and read an extract from their favourite story. The kids chant “WE LOVE, WE LOVE READING!” to ‘We Will Rock You’ - it’s ace.” **What we say:** Enough said. ## [Engage with parents in reading](https://twitter.com/Miss_Spencer19/status/1232036857892003840?s=20) suggested by [@Miss\_Spencer19](https://twitter.com/Miss_Spencer19) “We hold a reading cafe each month, where parents can come and collect children a little early and read with them with a cuppa, squash and biscuits. Children also get to take home a book. It’s been really popular.” **What we say:** Engaging with parents in this way is not just a way of building relationships with them, it’s also a way of helping the literacy levels of the community. According to the National Literacy Trust[, 1 in 6 adults have very poor literacy levels](https://literacytrust.org.uk/parents-and-families/adult-literacy/). Providing adults with the opportunity to read with their children in a safe space could help on multiple fronts. Learning by Questions has a [wide range of reading resources](https://www.lbq.org/search/english/reading). The texts used are either extracts from well-known classics or original stories written by our in-house teacher authors. There are also a range of cross-curricular resources you can use to practise reading skills whilst teaching other areas of the curriculum, like geography and history. You can access our full database of reading resources by [registering for a free Learning by Questions account](https://www.lbq.org/TryLbQ/).