Stromness Academy Library

Books, reading and life in a school library

Reading Zone


According to OECD research, reading for
pleasure may provide the most effective way
to level social change, and is in fact a more
important indicator of academic success than a
child’s socio-economic background. (1.)

Why Read?

To find out about things

To read and understand Instructions

For entertainment and leisure


Reading a well-chosen book or text will help to:

  • improve your reading
  • widen vocabulary
  • make a big difference to your spelling and punctuation
  • stimulate imagination
  • improve understanding
  • improve general knowledge
  • increase confidence in writing
  • encourage creativity
  • encourage faster reading (useful in exams)
  • improve overall literacy
  • enhances ability to focus & concentrate
  • helps to accept other cultures or religions

Curriculum for Excellence defines a text:

“a text is the medium through which ideas, experiences, opinions and information can be communicated.” (Literacy Across Learning: Principles and Practice, p4)

Reading is traditionally associated with the printed word on paper, which is the main focus of the reading record but note that you can ‘read’ other types of ‘text’.

These include:

novels, short stories, plays, poems, comics, newspapers and magazines, reference texts, web pages, films, games and TV programmes, text messages, blogs and social networking sites, catalogues and directories, the spoken word, advertisements, promotional leaflets, charts, maps, graphs and timetables, labels, signs and posters, CVs, letters and emails, recipes, manuals and instructions, reports and reviews


  1. Creating a whole school reading for pleasure culture. Lexplore with School Library Association & Softlink
Reading Record Resources

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