What is a Patron of Reading?
A Patron of Reading is a school's special children's author, poet, storyteller or illustrator. The school and their patron develop a relationship over a period of time. Everything the patron does is related to helping encourage and develop a reading for pleasure culture in the school: book quizzes, blogs, book recommendations, discussions, plays, poetry bashes, blogs, book trailers and visits. The possibilities are virtually endless.
First mooted by head teacher Tim Redgrave, the idea has now spread to almost 200 schools across the British Isles.
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FAQ for schools (Helena Pielichaty)
Chitra Soundar at West Earlham Junior School
Can you give some specific examples of what a Patron of Reading does?
Here are some of the things the first Patron of Reading, Helena Pielichaty, did in her role as patron at Ysgol Esgob Morgan:
Please note: The activities listed above are only examples. Other schools will have different activities planned with their patron. Each partnership between author and school will differ on the basis that every author and every school differs. However, the emphasis should be on encouraging reading for pleasure. If the emphasis during the author visits changes to that of writing, for example, the movement does not differ from the already established Adopt an Author scheme.
Other examples of patron and school partnerships:Jonathan Emmet & Captain's Close Primary School
Huw Powell signing books after a 'Spacejackers' day at Writhlington School
What impact has this initiative had?
Tim Redgrave and staff reported it had:
MIchael Rosen, patron at Earlsmead Primary School