All the Better to Read You With: Stories & Lessons to Inspire Reading for Pleasure

Author(s): Chip Colquhoun, Rebekah Owen
Illustrator(s): Korky Paul, Mario Coelho

Category: Educator Guides

Price: £24.99
Price Signed: £34.99

Publish Date: 26 Jan 2024*

“At last! A fresh, accessible guide to storytelling as an encouragement to young people to read for the joy of it. Should be part of every teacher’s toolkit.” – Ian Whybrow, award-winning author of the Harry and the Dinosaurs series

Reading standards are creeping higher, and all the scientific evidence says reading for pleasure boosts academic achievement more than any other factor. Yet enjoyment of reading is on the decline, and teachers everywhere speak of a stressful struggle trying to engage their learners with the idea. After all... can you teach ‘reading for pleasure’?

The answer involves using the single most important invention for keeping humanity alive over the last 40,000 years:


This is a book unlike any other. Part illustrated story anthology, part insightful teaching handbook, it’s designed to help you instantly and easily enthral your learners with wondrous tales that will inspire them to seek the joys of books.

Within these pages you’ll find...

  • 9 short stories to read aloud and quickly captivate your learners
  • 18 lesson plans to cultivate enthusiasm for reading
  • top tips for ‘reading like a storyteller’ – so you can engage your learners, even if you fear performing

Written by a traditional storyteller who‘s performed for hundreds of thousands of children worldwide alongside one of Cambridgeshire’s most experienced teacher trainers, here are the tools to help your learners switch from reluctant readers... recreational readers.

“This book is full of excitement and potential for delight, motivation, and joy… It promotes storytelling as the supremely powerful teaching tool, learning medium, and life saver it can be.” – Jane Bower, scriptwriter for BBC’s Play School.


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