Children's Authors

Reading for Pleasure

As teachers, we are aware that, there has been a decrease in the number of children who choose to read for pleasure. The Department of Education recognises this as a problem with long-term consequences, stating that reading for pleasure is a more important determinant to children's success than their family's socio-economic status.

Reading for pleasure is a more important determinant to children's success than their family's socio-economic statusDepartment of Education 2012

We know that boys in particular are less likely to read for pleasure. We have developed a format for writing in a style that will appeal to boys - and inspire them to pick up a book! Our books help them to see that reading is fun and around 50% of the books that we have sold to schools have been to boys.

Boys want books that:

  1. reflect their image of themselves - what they aspire to be
  2. make them laugh and that appeal to their sense of mischief
  3. focuses on action more than on emotions
  4. are in a series which gives boys a sense of comfort and familiarity
Moloney J; Boys and Books: Building a Culture of Reading Around Our Boys
Great boys book! It is a page turner. I think boys will want to know what they get up to next!Mrs Cowell, Primary School Librarian

We use our knowledge of how children learn, to write stories that will appeal to all children and inspire them to read for pleasure.

The 'Janksters' has inspired and opened up my classes minds - they are actively engaged in writing their own story (even after SATs!!) The Janksters engages all abilities - supports reluctant readers but also allows higher ability to 'flair' and be creative with their ideas. The short boy friendly 'chunks' are appealing to reluctant readers. Year 6 Teacher, Hady Primary, Chesterfield

Read more about Cid & Mo and The Janksters at Making Them Readers.