Cambridge University Press has launched a new primary school reading scheme in a bid to get pupils more excited about books.

Cambridge Reading Adventures, created in partnership with the Institute of Education (IoE), features 90 titles split into 11 different bands for pupils of all abilities.

Designed around a child-centred pedagogy, it includes fictional tales, historically based stories and animal adventures by authors such as Lauri Kubuitsile, Jonathan and Angela Scott and Ian Whybrow.

Glen Franklin, one of the editors from the IoE, says: “Cambridge Reading Adventures doesn’t just focus on stories; half the series features non-fiction books with a variety of titles to suit primary school pupils’ interests, whether that be finding out about dinosaurs, the environment, or even modern technologies in developing countries.”

Sue Bodman, another IoE editor, added: “Each of the fiction books has a strong character presence, human or animal, which should allow reading to be enjoyable for our young learners.”

Pic: From left: illustrator Alan Rogers and author Ian Whybrow chat with children at the launch of The Cambridge Reading Adventures at the Institute of Education in London

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