Reading for Pleasure

“Reading for pleasure...brings benefits that help pupils achieve more across the whole curriculum.” Reading: the next steps, DfE, March 2015

ELS can help you encourage children and young people to read for pleasure. We stock a wide range of quality fiction which is selected and reviewed by our professional librarians.

Our librarian team can offer expert advice on fiction to suit your pupil’s needs. We can put together project collections for your classroom, at your request, to stimulate reluctant readers.

Mobile Library Visits

Pupil engagement in books and reading is often increased when there is an opportunity to make a personal choice of reading matter.

An ELS mobile visit to your school can help in promoting reading for pleasure. Please see further details of our mobile library service

Book Clubs

“Book clubs are an excellent way of encouraging pupils to read widely and frequently.” DfE

ELS can help you with creating and sustaining book clubs in your school.

Book clubs can benefit your school in a number of ways including:

  • Raising literacy standards
  • Increasing positive attitudes to reading for pleasure
  • Raising overall attainment of pupils.

ELS can support book clubs by providing titles as part of your loan collection

  • Tailored to your pupil’s needs
  • Selected by professional librarians
  • Regularly delivered to your school.

Book Talks

ELS offers book talks and storytelling to primary school pupils. Our professional librarians can come in to your school and read stories to groups of KS1 children, and promote new fiction to KS2 students.

Book talks and storytelling sessions are a great way to:

  • Enthuse children about reading
  • Promote reading for pleasure
  • Update your own book knowledge.

Sessions can either be:

  • 1 hour (for two groups) with 50 supporting books left in the school for one month. Cost £100
  • Half a day (for four groups) with 100 supporting books left in the school for one month. Cost £190.

Download a flyer or contact us for further information. 

Brilliant Book Award

Find out more about the Brilliant Book Award and how it promotes reading for pleasure in Secondary Schools for young people in years 7-9. 

Author Visits

Hosting a local author in your school is a great way of promoting reading for pleasure. ELS can help you buy signposting to local authors who are available to visit schools. 

Please contact us if you are considering booking a local author visit to your school.

Best Fiction Lists

Our professional librarians review all new fiction purchased by ELS and produce recommended fiction lists every term.

We produce three distinct lists:

  • Newly published Primary picture story books
  • New Key Stage 2 paperback fiction
  • New Secondary paperback fiction

Fiction lists are emailed to schools towards the beginning of each term and can be downloaded here. Books from these lists can be borrowed from ELS.

Titles from the lists may also be purchased from Peters, the specialist children’s book supplier. 

Please contact us or see our School library advice pages for further information about Peters.