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At LbQ we feel passionately that every child should be able to access, understand and enjoy great literature.

The world’s first digital festival celebrating teaching and learning literature is now in its third exciting week.

We kicked things off on World Book Day where we did a guided reading session with a difference. Read all about it in Blackburn Life and in the Lancashire Telegraph.

Why don’t you join in? There are some amazing prizes up for grabs for both you AND your pupils and lots of FREE resources and tips on how to save time and yet still convey a love of literature in your school.


Take Part

This week we discovered which authors teachers prefer to use in the classroom. In joint first place with 33% each was the David Walliams and Michael Morpugo. In second place – but no less magical – JK Rowling. And in 3rd place with 11%, our perennial favourite Jaqueline Wilson. Thank you so much for everyone who took part in the poll!

It's the last week to get involved! Do any of your pupils fancy becoming published authors or illustrators? Two lucky pupils will get to have their short story or illustration published on LbQ for tens of thousands of pupils all over the UK to enjoy. Check out the competition guidelines on our blog.

Get a conversation started in your classroom about literature and win yourself a tablet computer and £100 worth of LbQ book vouchers! Ask your class to fill in this two minute survey to be entered into the draw. Deadline is 25th March so hurry!

COMING SOON... Facebook Live Broadcasts with Primary and Secondary teachers like you!

PLUS... Twitter Q&A with our teacher authors.


Take Away Something Useful

Are you tuned in? English teacher and LbQ author Kate Brindle chats to BBC Radio Lancashire’s Brett Davison on Wednesday 20th March at 4.15pm and 5.40pm. So once the school bell has rung, grab a cuppa and settle down to listen!

And whilst you’re settled, why don’t you have a quick read of our special blog items where fellow English teachers share their secrets for reading success. If you have a few minutes get some top tips and get into the debate...

'Book vs. Screen' - which is better to engage children?

Primary teacher Emily Watkinson shares her 4 biggest challenges in teaching reading, and how she overcomes them!

English Teacher Talitha McLachlan inspires us with a reminder of why reading is more important to young people than ever before!

PLUS... we have a FREE DOWNLOADABLE POSTER for your staffroom that explores the typical types of readers you have in your classroom and how to help them. Do you have a Facts-Only Fran or an Old-Reading-Age Oliver in your class? Download the poster and put it up in your staffroom, or use the pdf to follow links to Question Sets that will help you pupils spread their literary wings!


Take Your Time Back

English teachers across the UK are falling in love with LbQ’s short reads. These ready-to-teach guided reading Question Sets save approx 2hrs a lesson!

With Primary and Secondary activities to choose from, you can alleviate some of the planning and marking and start enjoying teaching literature the way you imagined you would.