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Get Reading @ Cardinal Heenan


We are very proud of our silver Liverpool Reading Quality Mark which recognises the importance we place on reading.  Reading for pleasure develops further life skills and we are committed to helping our pupils develop their appreciation and understanding of the benefits of reading

"Children who read for pleasure are likely to do significantly better at school than their peers"
(Institute of Education Research)

We believe that a strong and supportive home-school partnership is vital to ensuring that all pupils are encouraged to read widely, regularly and for pleasure.

Reluctant Reader?

Getting teenagers to read can seem a daunting task. The latest gaming device has got them hooked, or they just don't want to. But getting them to pick up a book is a lot easier than it sounds.

Instant Ideas For Helping Your Son Enjoy Reading
  • Make time to read together if you don't already.  10 minutes each day is a great start.
  • Let your son choose what to read, rather than choosing what you think he should read.
  • Encourage your son to read magazines, comics, newspapers and the Internet as well as books.
  • Talk to your son about books or magazines you haven't enjoyed, as well as the ones you have.
  • Buy books as presents. You can read TV, film and game tie-ins and books about any other interests such as music.
  • Remember that your son is reading when he is looking at bus timetables, menus, instructions, TV guides, and the Internet—encourage all forms of reading
  • Try some skimming and scanning together. Skimming is when you read through a piece of text quickly to find out what the main idea is; scanning is glancing through a piece of text to find a specific piece of information.
  • Help your child to work out what an unfamiliar word means by getting them to read the rest of the sentence and look for clues.
  • Help by testing your child when they have spellings to learn, and by encouraging them to look up words they don't know in a dictionary.
  • Build up the number of words your child knows (their vocabulary).  To help them learn these words, you could ask your child to explain to you what they mean.

Recommended Reads
  • ‘The Hunger Games’ by Suzanne Collins
  • ‘Stormbreaker’ by Anthony Horowtiz – any of the ‘Alex Ryder’ series
  • ‘Skeleton Key’ by Anthony Horowitz
  • ‘Northern Lights’ by Philip Pullman
  • ‘The Amber Spyglass’ by Philip Pullman
  • ‘Goodnight Mr Tom’ by Michelle Magorian
  • ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’ series by Jeff Kinney
  • ‘Running Wild’ by Michael Morpurgo
  • ‘Adolphus Tips’ by Michael Morpurgo
  • ‘Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief’ series by Rick Riordan
  • ‘The Fire-Eaters’; ‘Heaven Eyes’; ‘Kit’s Wilderness’; ‘Skellig’; ‘The True Tale of the Monster Billy Dean’; ‘My Name Is Mina’ by David Almond
  • ‘The Unforgotten Coat’ by Frank Cottrell Boyce
  • ‘The BFG’; ‘Matilda’ - any titles by Roald Dahl
  • ‘Nation’; ‘I Shall Wear Midnight’; ‘Snuff’; ‘Dodger’ by Terry Pratchett
  • ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events Series’ Lemony Snicket
  • ‘Skulduggery Pleasant’ series by Derek Landy
  • ‘The Maze Runner by James Dashner
  • ‘The Call of the Wild’ by Jack London
  • ‘Heroes’ by Robert Cormier
  • ‘Artemis Foul’ by Eoin Colfer
  • Series by Darren Shan
  • Cherub series by Robert Muchamore
  • ‘The Graveyard Book’ by Neil Gaiman
  • ‘The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole’ by Sue Townsend
  • ‘Keeper’ by Mal Peet
  • ‘Watership Down’ by Richard Adams
  • ‘The Wolves of Willoughby Chase’ by Joan Aiken
  • ‘Room 13’ by Robert Swindells
  • ‘Survival’ by Chris Ryan
  • ‘Adventures of Sherlock Holmes’ by Arthur Conan Doyle
Promoting Reading

Our Literacy Leaders help to raise the profile of reading across the school. We have regular ‘Drop Everything And Read’ (DEAR) days, where pupils across all year groups are involved in reading activities. 

Suggested reading lists:

Year 7 reading extracts:

Year 8 reading extracts:

Year 9 reading extracts:

Year 10/11 reading extracts:

Suggestions for reluctant readers:

Try Read Liverpool for access to free ebooks:

Free English courses for parents starting in September: