Keep Reading!

Top Teacher Tips from Eileen Armstrong (Newcastle)

Reading can take your mind off what is happening in the world, can help you escape to places you can’t travel to at the moment, can develop your own ideas, can give you something to talk about with your family, can connect you with your friends, can make you think or and can help you feel better.

The silver lining to the coronavirus cloud is that we all have lots more time for reading, making this the perfect time to take some reading risks and maybe try something you wouldn’t normally read. Or maybe you want to start a new series and read right through to the end, no distractions?  Or maybe you just want to catch up on that huge pile of books you’ve never got round to?  Well, now you can!

If you’re finding it hard to concentrate on books and reading at the moment try some short stories, poems or articles.  This Book of Hope contains contributions from some of your favourite authors and illustrators and is great to dip in and out of for inspiration.

Or why not indulge in some comfort reading and reread some books you loved when you were younger?  

Don’t stress about your reading!   A lot of published writers say they didn’t like reading – or never read – when they were younger because they hadn’t found the kind of books they were interested in.  

Ask your friends, school librarian or teachers for suggestions.  They know you well and will like nothing better than helping you find something you’ll love!

These fantastic websites also have lots of ideas to get you started – and to keep you reading.



Reading Zone


Love Reading 4 Kids


World Book Day Reading Ideas


Don’t forget you can access books, audiobooks, comics and magazines online via your local public library – and it’s free!


Now is also the perfect time to set yourself – or your friends and family – some fun reading challenges like these:


Reading Dares

Reach for the Stars

Book Bingo


Lastly, publishers and authors are coming up with hundreds of inventive new ways to keep us all reading during lockdown. Many authors are reading their books online – check out their websites or instagram pages for details.

Watch out for the BBC Bitesize daily book clubs  or join the BookWanderers Club on youtube and discover lots of  new reading ideas. 



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