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  • Writer's pictureAnn Sullivan

Choosing the right books for pupils to read at school and at home

Updated: Jul 23, 2022

We all want our pupils to experience a range of reading opportunities but how do we choose the right book for them? What about sending books home? What about curriculum books?

Debbie Hepplewhite (Phonics International) and I have collaborated to make an infographic to help teachers make the right choices.

Reading Purpose and Choice of Texts for Beginning and Developing Readers is based on the Simple View of Reading and identifies four strands relating to opportunities for pupils to experience reading. The strands work in parallel and children experience all strands at the same time.

The infographic asks teachers to consider:

· the purpose of reading,

· where the activity might take place,

· the level of adult involvement, and

· which books or texts are most appropriate.

A pdf of the infographic can be downloaded from the Phonics for SEN TES page, free of charge.

The parent/carer’s version ‘Reading with your child – in school and at home’ complements the teacher’s infographic, useful when talking to them about reading and their child. This is also available from my TES page using the same link as above.

Many thanks to Lynne Moody for her input into the parent/carer’s version.

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