23 June 2017



Stiftung Lesen’s reading-media-clubs aim to support reading competence and language acquisition as well as reading motivation and media competence

Successful learning progress is based on pleasure in reading. However pressure in achieving performance seldom creates pleasure in reading. And it is here that the reading clubs come into play: children and young people get together regularly in a leisurely atmosphere to read and play together and to try out numerous creative possibilities with different media.

Reading clubs are attractive reading environments with a broad and pedagogically valuable media range. The key to reading pleasure lies in the hands of the carers in the club who are trained in pedagogy. With their great, and, not seldom, their honorary involvement, they carry out exciting activities with the members of the reading club week for week: from reading aloud through theatre performances to creating an audio drama.
The some 100 reading clubs of Stiftung Lesen provide the ideal background for successful reading promotion: outside of school lessons and outside of the family and instead something which is often offered in full-day school programs as well as in libraries and other facilities for young people. The recipe for success lies in the peer group oriented approach. In this way, children learn enthusiastically!


Spreading pleasure in reading: providing children and young people with reading pleasure outside of school lessons in a playful form through regular group-oriented offers.

Strengthening key competence: in a society which, to an ever increasing extent is dependent upon education, good reading ability and media competence are essential for a successful path in life. Through reading in the peer group and participation in decisions, social competence such as tolerance and sense of responsibility is promoted.

Create reading space: reading clubs form an attractive project offer for facilities, one which, for example, fits excellently in the full-day portfolios currently being developed in many schools.

Active networking: reading clubs offer facilities the chance of developing reading promotion competence and expanding their own target groups. In part by involving honorary members such as reading godparents and parents as carers and also by including children and young people from neighbouring facilities. The reading club network of the Stiftung Lesen generates an exchange of experience with other parties involved and educates them further.

Generate sustainability: by means of the free membership in a reading club, children and young people receive not only access to selected books and media throughout the year but are also supported in developing an active and self-determined reading and media socialization on a long-term basis.

Special target groups

Children and young people in the age group 6 to 12: from the scholastic sector through to youth work outside of school – always following the principle of a voluntary decision.

Children and young people lacking in reading or, respectively, education: these are to be found in all levels of society – not only in population groups suffering from lack of education and in areas with a high level of migrants.

Boys: in their youth only 42% of boys regard reading books as an important leisure activity, 22% are non-readers (JIM Study 2011).

This project is run by Stiftung Lesen (Germany)