You can always tell a school where books are valued. The displays, the art, posters, competitions and incentives are one thing. But what really tells is the children. They hold books, embrace them, talk about them, make them, illustrate and write them. They know books are special….James Mayhew
As a group of children’s writers and illustrators, we visit thousands of schools and see a wide range of approaches to teaching literacy and encouraging reading. We all meet staff who are doing exceptional work, so we have developed an immediate way for individual authors to honour a school that has impressed them with their promotion of reading for pleasure, with a CWIG Reading for Pleasure Award.
Your award shouldn’t just be for a great visit or if you were given a wonderful lunch! If you visit lots of schools, you will know when you have come across a school that is doing that little bit more – maintaining the library at all costs, making strong links with the community library, encouraging peer-to-peer recommendations, working with reluctant readers, running book clubs or reading groups and putting on mini-festivals or literary and illustrative activities that go beyond the remit of the curriculum.
Join us in rewarding those schools that go the extra mile in encouraging children to read for pleasure.
This year’s deadline is 13 August 2023.
Press and publicity
We will let you know when we have sent the school their certificate by circulating details of your award on our social media platforms – so be be sure to include your Twitter handle.
Do encourage your school to make the most of their achievement by downloading the award logo use on their official letters, newsletters and any publicity materials, including the sample press release below that they can customise and send to local press. Do offer to provide a quote for it!
When tweeting about the award, please use #CWIGAward #readingforpleasure, tag @Soc_of_Authors and mention the school, librarian, staff or headteacher. If the award is given around an annual event or local festival you may like to mention that too, including World Book Day and National Libraries Week.
You can also download this flyer to send to schools.
I’ve given @school @librarian/teacher a @Soc_of_Authors #CWIGAward for their work inspiring #readingforpleasure.
Congratulations to @secondaryschool @librarian/teacher for their @Soc_of_Authors #CWIGAward for their amazing promotion of #readingforpleasure
I awarded @secondaryschool @librarian/teacher a @Soc_of_Authors #CWIGAward for developing #R4P. Congratulations, you are an inspiration!