As a leading children’s publisher, encouraging more children to enjoy reading drives everything that we do at Egmont. With our wonderfully broad range of books and YA novels we hope to inspire all children to become proud and enthusiastic readers.

But we can’t do it alone.

It is with this in mind that we would like to celebrate the triumphant teachers who successfully promote children’s reading for pleasure, both within and beyond the classroom. To do so we are partnering up with The Open University and the UK Literacy Association to present the Reading for Pleasure Teacher Awards!

The Open University and the UK Literary Association have worked together to research the significance of teachers being readers, and ways to build active, excited communities of young readers. As well as reward amazing teachers, both organisations are keen to profile and develop research in this area.

Entrants are asked to submit a research-informed case study on how you have encouraged children to read for pleasure including details of context, research inspiration and rationale, aims, outline, evidence of impact and reflection.

The winners of the Reading for Pleasure Awards 2020 will be announced soon.

The Reading for Pleasure Awards 2019 were judged by:

  • Andy Stanton, bestselling author or children’s series Mr Gum
  • Teresa Cremin, Professor of Eduction, The Open University
  • David Reedy, General Secretary, ULKA
  • Joy Court,Chair: CILIP Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Medals Reviews, Editor: The School Librarian Journal
  • Cally Poplak, Managing Director, Egmont Publishing
  • Alison David, Consumer Insight Director, Egmont Publishing
  • Fiona Evans, Head of Schools Programmes, NLT

The Reading for Pleasure Awards 2019 winners were:

  • Whole School Award – Jointly awarded to Elmhurst Primary, London, and Sneinton Primary, Nottingham.
  • Experienced Teacher Award – Sadie Phillips, Canary Wharf College, London
  • Early Career Teacher Award – Marianne Mitchell, Christ Church C of E Primary, Hertfordshire
Co-recipients of the Whole School Winner prize - Elmhurst Primary
Co-recipients of the Whole School Winner prize – Elmhurst Primary
Co-recipient of the Whole School Winner prize - Sneinton C of E School
Co-recipient of the Whole School Winner prize – Sneinton C of E School
Sadie Phillips, winner of the Experienced Teacher Award 2019
Sadie Phillips, winner of the Experienced Teacher Award 2019
Marianne Mitchell, winner of the Early Career Award 2019
Marianne Mitchell, winner of the Early Career Award 2019

The Reading for Pleasure Awards 2018 were judged by:

  • Michael Rosen, children’s novelist and poet
  • Teresa Cremin, Professor of Eduction, The Open University
  • David Reedy, General Secretary, ULKA
  • Joy Court, Chair: CILIP Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Medals Reviews, Editor: The School Librarian Journal
  • Cally Poplak, Managing Director, Egmont Publishing
  • Alison David, Consumer Insight Director, Egmont Publishing

The Reading for Pleasure Awards 2018 winners were:

  • Whole School Award – St Matthew’s C of E Primary School, Birmingham 
  • Experienced Teacher Award – Jon Biddle, Moorlands Primary Academy, Belton, Norfolk
  • Early Career Teacher Award – Emily Crumbleholme, Peover Superior Primary School, Knutsford 

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