The Bookmark Box
We gift every school that we work in a Bookmark Box that volunteers can use in their sessions.
This contains a carefully chosen selection of books, games and activities to help children develop their “reader identity,” and to start to truly enjoy reading.
According to The National Literacy Trust, play can “lay the foundation for literacy” by providing children with opportunities to acquire and practise new vocabulary and “exercise their imagination through storytelling.”
The literacy games and activities in The Bookmark Box are designed to:
encourage children to develop their storytelling and comprehension skills
extend their vocabulary
engage with letters, words and sounds in an informal, creative manner.
be as tactile as possible in order to particularly engage kinaesthetic learners.
(Research shows that poor readers tend to be tactile-kinaesthetic learners and that reading achievement improves significantly when reading programmes match individual learning styles.
Kinaesthetic learners absorb information best through hands-on activities that stretch their fine-motor skills. That’s why out Bookmark Boxes contain a whole range of objects – like pipe-cleaners and pebbles – that allow children to learn through ‘doing’ rather than simply seeing or hearing. )
“Students will choose to conquer and enjoy texts that are challenging by nature when they have interest in the books they are reading.” (Morgan & Wagner, 2013)
Because there is evidence that choosing a book directly impacts upon reading motivation and literacy development, we made sure that our Bookmark Box includes a wide range of different book options.
To choose the seven books inside The Bookmark Box, we:
reviewed book lists published by The Book Trust and The Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE)
selected a mixture of genres and a range of reading levels
ensured the characters that are representative of the diversity communities we work in (CLPE found that only 4% of children's books published in 2018 featured a BAME main character)