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Reading for Pleasure

Reading for Pleasure

At Lionel Primary School, we know that children who read will do well at school and beyond. We aim to develop a positive attitude towards reading and to foster a love of books through our enthusiastic reading culture.

We encourage children to read not only at school, but beyond the school gates too: at home, in the park, on holiday.


Keep Reading!

We really urge you to encourage your child to keep up with all the brilliant reading they have been doing while at school. 

There are numerous ways to access books and other reading resources, from your local library and bookshops to online audio books. If you need any ideas for books, there are  reading book lists for each age group below (more extensive lists can be found below this post). 

Reading at Home

At Lionel, we are proud to be part of the Power of Reading project from the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE). This project uses high quality texts to deliver all aspects of the English curriculum. The texts engage children at every stage of their learning journey and help to nurture a love of reading from Early Years all the way through to Year 6 and beyond. Below is a leaflet published by the CLPE that explores ways you can further support your child's reading and writing at home.

Below are links to articles, book lists, online stories and activities, to help enthuse and encourage your children to read, read, read! This list is not exhaustive and once you start searching, you will find many, many more resources out there. The key is to select wisely and recommend an appropriate and appealing taster menu to young readers.


The CLPE website has a section entitled Corebooks online. This is free to use and is an excellent place to begin looking for high quality texts - from fiction to poetry to non-fiction titles - for your child. Just follow the link below:

Hounslow Get Reading

Follow the links below for books recommendations put together by Hounslow Education Services reading expert, Charlotte Raby.

If you are looking for further inspiration, below is a selection of further lists from Books for Topics. This also includes the 'Branching Out' series, which is particularly useful if you're keen to get your child off a particular author!

Books for Topics

This brilliant site has lists of books for all ages and interests. Many of the lists above come from this site and you can find many more on the website. Follow this link:

Borrowing or Buying Books


It’s tricky to get hold of physical books at the moment. However, as lockdown eases, bookshops are re-opening and libraries will soon be too.

One solution to the lack of libraries at present is the app, BorrowBox. If you have a library membership, you can use the app to download e-books for free. Follow the link below to find out more about it:

Oxfam Bookshop 1, The Green, Ealing

This bookshop has a large collection of children’s books in great quality for around £1.99 a book.


The Alligator’s Mouth George Street, Richmond-upon-Thames

We love this bookshop, where the experienced staff will always send you off with a book your child will love!

Reading online

Please see below links to some places that might help if you are looking to read a book online.