Inspiring a Love of Reading

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

Everton in the Community - Reading Bingo for World Book Day - book suggestions attached

In preparation for World Book Day on the 5th March, Everton in the Community are launching a reading for pleasure initiative alongside the Liverpool Learning Partnership (LLP). The ‘Reading Bingo Challenge’ allows children to experience immersing themselves in new genres of literature with the challenge of completing this in a variety of locations.

Presented on the bingo challenge card are 14 different coloured football shirts, every time your child completes a challenge on a shirt, they are working their way towards being entered for both individual and school prizes by scoring a goal. For every 5 goals (5 books) your child scores, our school will be entered to win an activity day from Everton in the Community such as glow in the dark dodgeball or a day of football coaching for our school. We will also be looking for pupils that have made progression with their reading (recommended by their peers in school), read in adventurous locations and those who have tried to complete the most challenges. Not forgetting, we would appreciate it if your child could record the books they have read in the table on the back of their bingo card so we can gather information on the selection of books read. 

We understand 14 books is a large amount to read within a month, we therefore recommend that your child set their own appropriate challenge. Books read can be of varying lengths and we will accept that if your child has attempted a challenge and it’s not for them, this can still be recorded (supposing they have read a few chapters) as they are exploring different types of reading. 


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 2019

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!


Please see our Inspiring a Love of Reading page for further information and useful resources: 

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