Raise a Reader

We’re helping readers expand their vocabulary and build their confidence

Raise a Reader: Press & Media Information

We’re helping readers expand their vocabulary and build their confidence

Inspired by the expert insights gained from OUP’s highly regarded research into the word gap and informed by newly commissioned consumer and educator research exploring the barriers to becoming a life-long reader, the three-year Raise a Reader campaign will bring schools, booksellers, local communities, parents, librarians, literacy partners and reading experts together to unite in a shared mission to raise readers.

Raise a Reader is a three-year national campaign to help provide children and young people with the tools and opportunities to become lifelong readers in the wake of the pandemic.

Informed by recent parent and educator research into the barriers to reading for pleasure post-pandemic, and building upon Oxford University Press’ long-term expertise and commitment to reading and children's language, Raise a Reader aims to help as many children as possible become lifelong readers in the wake of the pandemic.

Over the three years, Raise a Reader will champion reading for pleasure and the transformative benefits this brings to a child’s life via exciting partnerships and initiatives, bringing schools, booksellers, authors, local communities, parents, librarians, literacy partners and reading experts together.

This report shares the findings of a significant piece of research designed to inform our understanding of the important role we can all play in helping children become readers post-pandemic. It explores teacher and parent perspectives, uncovers the perceived barriers to reading, but also the many benefits to be gained. Download the report

We've joined the NLT's Primary School Library Alliance to donate 10,000 books and create new reading spaces across the most deprived schools in Oxfordshire over the next 3 years.

The ‘Oxfordshire Raise a Reader Programme’ will champion reading across 10 Oxfordshire schools in the first year with the goal of raising a generation of readers in schools and families in Oxfordshire’s most disadvantaged and under-served communities.

Schools will receive a donation of 500 books each (300 books donated by OUP and 200 donated by independent publishers), as well as a range of soft furnishings and books storage, in order to create their own dedicated reading spaces. Schools will also have access to in-person specialist training to help develop effective whole-school reading strategies as well as receiving a subscription to Oxford Reading Buddy, a digital reading service of nearly 500 books, and the opportunity to host exciting author visits.

Raise a Reader Tour

Oxford University Press reveals nationwide reading roadshow with a mission to inspire children to become lifelong readers

The Raise a Reader roadshow itinerary

Monday 31 October: Oxfordshire

  • Alex Falase-Koya and Paula Bowles, author and illustrator of the smash-hit superhero series, Marv, will visit Dashwood Academy in Banbury – one of the ten schools taking part in the ‘Oxfordshire Raise a Reader Programme’.

Tuesday 1 November: Brighton & Hove

  • Leigh Hodgkinson, author and illustrator behind Martha Maps it Out, will visit pupils at St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School in Brighton.
  • The Book Nook in Hove will play host to a range of reading activities, 10.30—11.30am.

Wednesday 2 November: Camborne, Cornwall

  • Naomi and James Jones, the husband-and-wife creative duo behind the bestselling picture books The Perfect Fit and One More Try, will visit Rosemellin Community Primary School in Cambourne.
  • Local bookshop Stories by the Sea will also host Naomi and James Jones at St Ives Infant School with a range of reading activities to engage school children.

Thursday 3 November: Bristol

  • Sean Julian, whose beautifully illustrated books have entertained children for over 20 years, will visit pupils at Henbury Court Primary Academy.

Friday 4 November: Birmingham

  • Paula Harrison, author of beloved Kitty series, will visit St John Bosco Catholic Primary School in West Bromwich.
  • AM Dassu, internationally acclaimed YA author of Boy, Everywhere, will visit Fortis Academy in Great Barr.

Monday 7 November: Manchester

  • Corrine Averiss, author of the acclaimed Move Mountain, A Dot in the Snow and A Song in the Mist, will visit East Ward Community School in Bury, supported by the Madeleine Lindley bookstore, and Old Hall Drive Academy in Manchester.
  • Sally Nicholls, prize-winning YA author behind the inspiring Things a Bright Girl Can Do, will visit William Hulme’s Grammar School in Manchester.

Tuesday 8 November: Doncaster

  • Lou John, author of The Worry Jar, a picture book which teaches children to better manage their worries, will visit Bentley High Street Primary in Doncaster.

Wednesday 9 November: Nottingham

  • Korky Paul, illustrator of the iconic Winnie and Wilbur series which this year celebrates its 35th anniversary, will run special workshops at Radcliffe-on-Trent Junior School and Windmill Academy.

Thursday 10 November: Cambridge

  • Matty Long, author and illustrator behind the acclaimed Super Happy Magic Forest series, will visit pupils at St Matthew’s Primary School, alongside a visit to his local bookstore, Heffers, between 10am-12pm.

Friday 11 November: London
Korky Paul joins fellow bestselling authors and illustrators Harriet Muncaster (Isadora Moon and Emerald and the Ocean Parade), Anthony McGowan (Lark), Jodie Lancet Grant (The Pirate Mums & The Marvellous Doctors), and Paul Westmoreland (Rudy and the Wolf Cub) across five London schools.

  • Harriet Muncaster will visit Lyon Park Primary School in Wembley.
  • Jodie Lancet Grant will visit Vicarage Primary School in Newham.
  • Paul Westmoreland will visit Harris Primary Academy in Beckenham.
  • Korky Paul will visit Nelson Primary School in Newham.
  • Anthony McGowan will visit The Petchey Academy in Hackney.



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