Read for My School titles revealed
3rd December 2012
A new government-backed project that aims to promote reading and literature among children across the UK has been launched, with 90 titles available for youngsters to read.
Books by J. K. Rowling, Roald Dahl and J. R. R. Tolkien are included in the Read for My School initiative, which will encourage schoolchildren to read as many titles as possible next year to win prizes for themselves and their schools.
The scheme is supported by the Department for Education and will see youngsters challenged to read at least one book from eight different categories between January 21st and March 22nd, encompassing World Book Day on March 7th.
Ranging from historical and mystery titles to animal tales and fantasy novels, the categories will include some of the most highly regarded children's books ever written.
The Hobbit, James and Giant Peach and Harry Potter and The Philosopher's Stone appear alongside The Jungle Book, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Black Beauty in what competition organisers Booktrust and The Pearson Foundation hope will stimulate children's enthusiasm for literature.
Participants will either be able to read the titles online from the Read for My School website, or choose a title from their local bookshop or library, providing it is included on the list of 90 books.
Each child will then log the books they have read online, with the most prolific readers put forward for regional and national awards and all participating schools entered into a prize draw to win a collection of titles from a huge pot of 100,000 books provided by Pearson, Penguin and DK.
Children's author and Read for My School spokesperson Jeremy Strong, whose books My Brother's Famous Bottom and The Hundred-Mile-An-Hour Dog both make an appearance on the list, said the scheme will hopefully capture the imaginations of the nation's schoolchildren.
'It is a well-established fact that regular reading enriches and increases a child's chance of success later on in life,' he explained.
'I hope that every single school in the UK will sign up and take part in the initiative to help their children to reap the benefits of becoming enthusiastic, life-long readers - a passion that will excite, delight, educate and help develop their understanding of the world we live in.'
Registration is open now, with schools that sign up before December 19th entered into an 'early bird' prize draw to win an e-reader.