Welcome to Goodwin Academy’s Book Nook, a webpage dedicated to reading for pleasure.
At Goodwin Academy all staff are making it a priority for students to read regularly and widely to ensure that they have the literacy skills needed for success in all their school subjects and for the world beyond school.
However, we also recognise that reading for pleasure, in school and at home, has significant benefits for students, academically and socially.
The Book Nook has been created to support students with their journey to becoming confident readers who enjoy a wide range of reading.
Reading for Pleasure: the research
- Reading enjoyment has been reported as more important for children’s educational success than their family’s socio-economic status (OECD, 2002).
- Students who read for pleasure make significantly more progress in vocabulary, spelling and maths than children who read very little (Sullivan and Brown 2013)
- Evidence suggests that there is a positive relationship between reading frequency, reading enjoyment and attainment (Clark 2011; Clark and Douglas 2011).
- Reading for pleasure has many non-literacy benefits and can increase empathy, improve relationships with others, reduce the symptoms of depression and improve wellbeing throughout life (The Reading Agency 2015).
- Reading for pleasure has social benefits as well and can make people feel more connected to the wider community. Reading increases a person’s understanding of their own identity, improves empathy and gives them an insight into the world view of others (The Reading Agency 2015).
Top tips for parents and carers to encourage reading for pleasure at home
- Read to your child.
- Read with your child.
- Listen to your child read.
- Discuss books and magazine or newspaper articles with your child.
- Make a point of being seen reading yourself.
- Give books or book vouchers to your child and/ or encourage others to do so.
- Have a wide range of books, quality magazines and quality newspapers in the home.
- Visit libraries and bookshops with your child.
- Choose books with your child.
- Use your Amazon Prime account to get free e-books.
- Use Audible for children. They have made a wide range of audiobooks available free.
- Encourage older children to support younger children with their reading.
- Stress the important of reading to your child.
Books Reviews by Our Students
|‘Sabriel’ by Garth Nix||Your preferences have prevented this content from being loaded. If you have recently changed your preferences, please try reloading the page|
|This was, and still is, one of my all-time favourite books which I believe will provide entertainment for anyone. Its plot is sure to capture your interest and immerse you into the world of Sabriel.
A thrilling and immersive spin on the world of fantasy and magic, sure to keep you turning the pages in great apprehension of what marvellous mystery may next be revealed. From intriguing characters with captivating stories and abhorrent beasts of a supernatural sort to once-great magical kingdoms whose mystical decay will leave you speechless and the incredible implications of a world where magic and technology are in constant contest: Sabriel is a tale of life, death, and magic that has no end to its beauty. And, if after the book’s ending, you find yourself still-captivated, well, there is a series of books at your fingertips, each one no less intriguing than the last.
Year 10 Student
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|‘The Catcher in the Rye’ by JD Salinger||Your preferences have prevented this content from being loaded. If you have recently changed your preferences, please try reloading the page|
|The Catcher in the Rye tells the story of a boy named Holden Caulfield discovering the hardships of life and becoming an adult. It takes us through two days of his life where he leaves his school and decides not to go home to his parents where he knows they will be disappointed as he has been expelled from another school. Instead he goes to a hotel, thinking that he can look after himself for a few days until his parents expect him home for school break. He believes that many things are “phony”, and a lot of things depress him as well, including the movies.
When I first began the book, I found it hard to understand the meaning of it but once I kept on reading it got a little clearer. As a teenager, I could relate to certain parts of the book and other parts I couldn’t.
If there was one thing negative that I could comment on it would be that, because it was written in 1950, some of the words were difficult to understand, especially the slang. For example: dough (meaning money), or can (meaning toilet or bathroom) but other than some confusing words that you need to look up I have no complaints.
I really enjoyed this book: it was difficult to read but hard to put down, I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who would love a challenge but would also love a good book.
Year 8 Student
|‘The Song of Achilles’ by Madeline Miller|
|“in the darkness, two shadows, reaching through the hopeless, heavy dusk. Their hands meet, and light spills in a flood like a hundred golden urns pouring out of the sun.”
This book was exceptionally painful and beautifully heart-breaking. Madeline Miller’s writing is very engaging, and this book has become my all-time favourite. Year 10 Student
|‘The Tattooist of Auschwitz’ by Heather Morris|
|I really enjoyed the book because it was a true story of how people could still find love in such a dark lonely place. Caleb Sharkey, Year 10|
|‘War Horse’ by Michael Morpurgo|
|I liked reading War Horse; it was very good. It feels like you’re in the book along with Joey. I liked the way the story was told through the horse’s perspective and not just what the men thought about the war. Harry Crossland, Year 8|
|‘Maus’ by Art Spiegelman|
|Maus is a very controversial graphic novel which says a lot about history and how people lived their lives as a Jews in World War 2.
Louis Fitzhugh, Year 8
|‘Anne of Green Gables’ by L. M. Montgomery|
|Anne Shirley lives in an orphanage when suddenly she is taken on a train ride to a place called Green Gables, where Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert live. They have sent out for a young boy from the orphanage but instead Anne comes. The words take you to a different place and make you feel as though you are there. Iris Moseley, Year 8|
|‘Boy Nobody’ by Adam Zadoff|
|As someone who struggles to really get into a book and continue reading it, I thought this book was extremely captivating and I was reading it at every possible opportunity I could find. The book was fast-paced and action-filled, yet still believable and entirely realistic. The book follows the work of ‘Boy Nobody’ and the missions he is set to carry out. Zadoff does well to ensure there’s never a boring moment with the many unexpected twists and turns, which make the story all the more thrilling and engaging. I would recommend this book to anyone who’s trying to get in to reading and wants a book that they will truly have the desire to finish. Year 10 Student|
|Genesis: Book 1 (River of Ink) by Helen Dennis|
|I really enjoyed reading this book; it was very interesting to me because it started as a mystery and the characters had to go on multiple adventures to find answers. Heavenly Jenkins, Year 10|
|‘The Hobbit’ by J. R. R. Tolkien|
|The book ‘The Hobbit’ is a great book for Year Eights upwards and for families to read together. It is adventurous, mysterious and will have you sitting on the edge of your seat. I personally love this book and I encourage young readers like myself to have a read, see what it’s like and see if you like it. I am currently reading this book with my dad and it is, so far, brilliant. I gave it four stars since it is an excellent book but for me, a bit hard to understand. Hermione Palmer, Year 8|
|‘Naruto’ by Masashi Kishimoto|
|I love how there’s all these pieces of the puzzle you need to work out in the book. I find the book to be a real thriller for those aged 12 and higher. The book is a rollercoaster of emotion and evencontinues later when the main character is older. Overall, I think Naruto is a great book to recommend to anyone who loves thrill seeking adventures. Alex Chilton, Year 8|
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