Tag: Reading Culture

Championing Diversity in Literature: An Unforgettable Night at the Diverse Book Awards

I was delighted to attend the Diverse Book Awards last night, an incredible event hosted at Waterstones in Piccadilly. What better place to celebrate than the home of books itself? The Diverse Book Awards were established in 2019 by award-winning children’s and YA author Abiola Bello and award-winning publicist Helen Lewis. When Abiola discovered the […]

Navigating the Transition: Top tips to prepare Year 7 Students for a Successful Year of Reading

by Sharan Kaur Sharan Kaur, secondary school librarian at Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School in Birmingham, has harnessed the power of technology and innovation to guide year 7 students through their formative years. Her secret weapons? Accelerated Reader and Star Reading. For over a decade, she has been using Renaissance solutions to enrich the reading experiences […]

World Book Day: How was it for you?

Written by Sharan Kaur, Librarian at Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School Our day for celebrating books, authors, writing and reading was once again a roaring success. A huge thank goes to our World Book Day team of volunteers for helping to prep and run the various stations. In place of a dress up day, we celebrated […]

The 2023 Quiz Writers’ Choice Awards Shortlist is here!

The shortlist for the 2023 What Kids Are Reading Quiz Writers’ Choice Awards is finally here! The Quiz Writers’ Choice Awards are held every year alongside the release of our What Kids Are Reading report. The report highlights the books that have been read the most by children in the UK and Ireland, which is […]

Celebrating World Book Day in a secondary setting: How to encourage an interest in reading beyond dressing up

Written by Sharan Kaur, Librarian at Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School, Birmingham Preparing for the big day Lucky enough to have visual screens around the school building? Use these to advertise and drum up hype outside of the library. Do you have whole school designated reading time, such as a library lesson? If not, see if […]

The Renaissance Awards 2022: Recap

  December 14th 2022 was a big day in the Renaissance calendar – we held our 7th annual Renaissance Awards ceremony. The time of year where we recognise educators across the globe for their dedication to teaching and joining us on our mission to accelerate learning for all. From whole-school recognition to outstanding individuals, this […]

The Librarian Files: How do we keep our reading buzz going to the end of the year?

by Sharan Kaur Sharan Kaur, a secondary school librarian, has been using Accelerated Reader and Star Reading for over a decade to help keep students engaged and on track with reading development.  As the sole librarian in her school, the high-accountability role can be isolating and intense. That’s why we’ve invited Sharan to write a blog series for Renaissance covering […]

The Librarian Files: Representation in Reading

by Sharan Kaur and Denisha Polin Sharan Kaur, a secondary school librarian, has been using Accelerated Reader and Star Reading for over a decade to help keep students engaged and on track with reading development.  As the sole librarian in her school, the high-accountability role can be isolating and intense. That’s why we’ve invited Sharan to write a blog series […]

Guest Blog: Richard Slade on Solving the Puzzle of Literacy Assessment

With teacher workloads under pressure and the school’s budget being tighter now than ever before, the teaching landscape is tough. But, with software like Star Assessments, we have been able to take control of the reigns and help our students to reach their full potential. With bulletproof data, inspiring confidence in our students’ reading abilities and providing them with even more material to read than before, we are confident that we have developed the complete literacy solution at Plumcroft Primary School.

LGBT History Month

This February marks LGBT History Month. To celebrate, we’ve picked out some great fiction and non-fiction books for all interest levels that are sure to get kids exploring LGBT history and issues.


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January 2024

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Key Awards and Lists

We aim to quiz all of the books from the major awards and reading promotions. See below for details of AR quizzed books on recent lists.