Inspiring a Love of Reading

At Bishop Martin, we love reading! Here are some links that you may find useful...

Home Learning

Take a look at some of these fantastic websites which will help your child while reading at home:


myON is a fantastic digital library with over a thousand eBooks for your child to choose from. These books are linked to the Accelerated Reader (AR) programme that we already use in school, allowing your child to select age and ability appropriate books through their ZPD. This can be linked to your child’s AR account when first logging in, using the ‘Connect Now’ option located at the top of the home page. Please see this video for further instruction.


BookTrust Bookfinder:

The BookTrust Bookfinder will help your child discover magical mysteries, astonishing adventures & fantastic non-fiction. Simply choose an age range, pick as many themes as you want to, search through thousands of book reviews and get reading.


Audible Stories: 

Audible Stories are a great way to explore a variety of books to help children continue dreaming and learning. Here you will find a collection of stories that you can stream on a laptop, phone or tablet. Explore the collection, select a title, start listening and enjoy!

The magic of 15 minutes

An analysis comparing the engaged reading time and reading scores of more than 2.2 million students found that students who read for less than five minutes per day saw the lowest levels of growth, well below the national average. Even students who read 5–14 minutes per day saw slow gains that were below the national average.

Only students who read 15 minutes or more a day saw accelerated reading gains – that is, gains higher than the national average. Students who read just over a half-hour to an hour per day saw the greatest gains of all (for more information see


The Bishop Martin Reading Spine

The Reading Spine is a core of books that create a living library inside a child’s mind. It is a store of classics and essential reads that help children engage at a deeper level and enter the world of the story.

Selected by literary expert Pie Corbett, we are now using this Reading Spine to:

  • Bring reading to life with a classic read aloud programme
  • Foster a love of reading with the best-loved books for Reception to Year 6
  • Deepen comprehension and teach drama and writing by drawing on the core books

Please see the attached ‘Reading Spine’ document for more information relating to these high-quality, recommended texts for each year group (Reception to Year 6). We would ask that all children at Bishop Martin read these books over the course of their respective year. Copies of these texts have been purchased by the school and will be available for children to borrow and take home, though we have attached the document as you may also wish to purchase these for home use.


Storynory - Latest audio stories

Storynory features a collection of original, fairytale, and classic children’s audio stories. Children can follow along with the story as it is read to them, as the text is also included on the site. There are also some great features available that give you the option of downloading the audio to your computer, listening to “catch phrase” explanations, translating text into different languages and more!


Paul Delaney - Poet visit October 2019

On Monday 7th October, we were fortunate enough to welcome local author and poet Paul Delaney to the school for a full day of interactive workshops. Please visit his website for more information: 


Jude Lennon - Author visit November 2019

On Wednesday 27th November, all classes were joined by Jude Lennon for a series of inspiring and creative workshops. Jude shared some of her own books and gave the children an opportunity to ask questions about life as a professional author. Please visit her website for more information: 


Reading events around the world

Here is a calendar of literacy events from around the world, many of which we will be celebrating this year! 


BookTrust's list of the 100 best books for children from the last 100 years: the ultimate booklist to read before you're 14!

Have a look at some suggestions for books to read with your child!

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