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“A child who reads will be an adult who thinks” - Unknown

As World Book Day celebrations continue, we are reminded of all the fantastic possibilities reading can present us with. Despite school celebrations looking different this year, our academies have worked hard to keep students engaged with readings, resources and competitions! As reading is an enriching activity for all ages and for any time,

we have put some recommended reading resources to help you inspire reading across all ages!

At Harris Tottenham, staff shared why reading is important to them in a video. Watch below!


As part of Harris Bromley’s Must Read Collection, they are promoting 4 books in honour of World Book Day this week.


Sksteppers by Katherine Rundell

The River Whale by Sita Brahmachari

Skulduggery Pleasant: Apocolypse Kings by Derek Landy

Killjoy by Holly Jackson





Student and Teacher Friendly resources at the Harris Learning Hub

Looking for ways to improve reading for literature study?

Harris English has compiled some KS3 study techniques and reading strategies to help with understanding unseen extracts. There are different strategies you can use to help you understand extracts texts you have never read before. Learn more here:


To explore the entire KS3 schema, Big Ideas in Literary Fiction and Non Fiction available, click here:


Rhiannon Walls, member of the Harris English Consultant Team, put together a wonderful piece on short stories and teacher writing


The British Library - Explore Children’s Books and Books by Subject!

Explore centuries of stories, poems and illustrations with the British Library’s Discovering Children's Books section. You can find resources and activities for children, teachers and booklovers of all ages. A partnership with Seven Stories. Click here to explore:


Let books inspire your teaching.

Looking for teacher resources for a specific subject? Find an extensive online library of books and book-related resources for English, History, Geography and More! Resources include lesson planning, design schemes of work and set homework tasks. Click here to explore:



Harris in Conversation: Talking to Authors, Poets and Teachers.

HFed’s Teaching & Learning podcast, hosted by the English Consultant Team have been operating since last May have helped to source and uplift Harris voices across a range of teacher-focused topics. Bringing fresh voices to the table, the team has hosted a number of notable guests including authors, playwrights and poets. Listen to the literature focused episodes below for more teacher inspiration!



  • Harris English Consultant, Oliver Blagden speaks with Scarborough-born playwright Christopher York, who discusses his play Build a Rocket.  Christopher discusses how the issues of class and gender stereotyping motivated his writing and provides tips for teachers when approaching textual analysis with pupils. To listen in full, click here:


  • In their third episode of Harris in Conversation, Harris English Consultant Rhiannon Walls speaks with poet and playwright Inua Ellams about two of his poems: Dear Tina and Summit of Flight. Drawing on his own life experiences, Inua discusses ideas of love, masculinity, and the importance of having one's own authentic identity when writing. To listen in full, click here:


  • In their seventh episode of Harris in Conversation, Harris English Consultant Rhiannon Walls speaks with novelist Stephen Kelman, writer of 2011 novel Pigeon English, which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, and is now a key text on the GCSE curriculum.  Stephen discusses Pigeon English - its prevalent themes, its exploration of key societal issues - and why he felt compelled to write it. To listen in full, click here:


For more reading and literature based resources, click here:

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