15 top tips to encourage pupils to read

World Book Day is not just an opportunity to dress up it’s an opportunity for us to promote reading for enjoyment.

Research has shown that children who read for pleasure are more likely to benefit from greater opportunities in everyday life, education and employment.

Reading should be fun – not just a compulsory part of the curriculum. If children have no interest in the books they are reading they are unlikely to ever read for pleasure.


How can schools and settings encourage pupils to pick up a book and read for pleasure?

15 top tips to encourage pupils to read


  1. Start a book club.

  2. Organise a book swop.

  3. Visit your local library and encourage pupils to become members.

  4. Create book displays: based on themes, events, special days or recent films based on books.

  5. Ask pupils to create book posters promoting their favourite book.

  6. Ask pupils to write reviews of their recent reads to be shared or pinned to displays.

  7. Set reading challenges – 1 book a month for a year.

  8. Host quizzes based on books.

  9. Encourage pupils to create a reading diary - to keep track of books read.

  10. Make time in the week to discuss books read.

  11. Involve parents and carers – invite them to reading events (book club/ assemblies).

  12. Offer suggested reading lists.

  13. Invite older children to be reading mentors for younger pupils.

  14. Get involved in national awareness days for reading and books (World Book Day).

  15. Create a comfortable reading area for pupils to read in during break time

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