“Reading is an intellectual workout like no other.
It helps students grow as readers but also as writers, mathematicians, learners and thinkers.”
(Sullivan & Brown, 2013)

Please allow us to introduce our amazing Reading Leaders. Nominated by their principals, these outstanding educators are going above and beyond to help all students to be excited about reading and discover the stories behind the covers. We are so grateful to this group of Reading Leaders for sharing with all of us their ideas and programs to encourage a love of reading in their students.

School—Hawker Primary School, Hawker, ACT
Recipient—Sandra Hodge-Neill
Principal—Mandy Kalyvas

The Hawker Story

In student daily practice Sandra encourages the use of big books, picture books and quality novels to engage and develop a love of reading. This includes reading rich literature in whole class, small groups, buddy and independent reading. Dedicated reading sessions involve reading, talking, reflecting and practising key comprehension and decoding skills. Through quality professional learning, Sandra inspires staff to ensure that each classroom is rich in print. Clear purpose and expectations in all literacy lessons are modelled and outlined. Mandy and Sandra maintain a positive and enthusiastic focus on the importance of all literacy skills by building teacher capacity, leading whole school practice, providing effective resources and ongoing support. The true success is not only that the children can now successfully engage with literature, but they are also enjoying reading!

School—Ardtornish Primary School, St Agnes, SA
Recipient—Jane Moore
Principal—Mark Hansen

The Ardtornish Story

Jane has made the library the cultural centre of our school. She constantly promotes books and reading through the use of special theme displays to create a rich and engaging library environment. The school employs a range of programs to encourage reading and help students find books they’ll love to read. Jane monitors every child’s engagement in reading as they strive to read at least 40 books a year. The school also runs its own Writers' Week and top Australian writers and illustrators visit the school and give presentations to students about their work. Staff strive to incorporate the development of comprehension skills across all subject areas and Jane develops classroom programs that address students’ individual needs as readers. These practices have resulted in students becoming more effective researchers and independent learners. Jane closely tracks the borrowing rates of students across classes and she intervenes to support teachers, in classes with low borrowing rates, to set up processes to encourage more independent reading. By monitoring reading engagement across the school, Jane supports teachers to increase the level of borrowing and has increased the amount of independent reading students undertake. Using iPads, Jane has helped students to develop short film clips to promote books. These ‘book trailers’ are available for viewing by the use of QR codes displayed around the library. Because of Jane’s passion and ongoing promotion of literature and books, students at Ardtornish now not only know how to read, but want to read!