Ruth Miskin and Natalie Boon, Founders of MyBookBlog
Everyone knows that reading widely closes the gap in attainment between children from different ethnic, social and economic backgrounds. Children who read a lot learn new words, discover new worlds and think about new ideas. The more they read, the more they learn.
Given the pull on our children’s time from TV, phones and computers, we need to be better at motivating children to read than ever before.
MyBookBlog is an online resource designed to enhance children’s journeys through well-loved stories. It supports children to choose fantastic books, available in school libraries and bookshops, using blurbs, trailers, reviews and ratings from other children. Children can then read their chosen book at home or at school and complete the activities on MyBookBlog at any time.
The activities on MyBookBlog encourage children to blog about their thoughts and feelings and explore the subject matter. The activities also support them to fully comprehend the text they are reading and learn new vocabulary.
As children read, their homepage grows. As they collect favourite words, facts, cards, maps and timelines, and share their thoughts in their blog: their homepage becomes a record of their reading journey.
MyBookBlog unites children, teachers and parents in a love of reading!
MyBookBlog currently features units to support over 100 well-loved stories. New units are published every week. The latest booklist can be viewed here.
Children using MyBookBlog will have graduated from a phonics teaching programme. They will be able to read words such as baking, humming and laughing. Teachers should view our Initial Assessment for guidance on whether children are ready to access MyBookBlog.
MyBookBlog focuses on the joy of reading. It helps teachers motivate their children to read.
Click here to read the research around motivation.
MyBookBlog allows children to access material relating to their favourite books at home.
The glossaries give explanations of new vocabulary found in the story and child-friendly fact files explore the book’s context. Children are encouraged to blog to help them to understand their own feelings about the book and the feelings of others.
Your school will be able to provide weekly feedback on your child’s progress, via e-mail. This will help you to monitor your child’s progress and ensure they are selecting books at the correct level.