How do you awake the joy of reading among pupils? That is the job of a special group of distributors – other pupils trained as reading scouts – who pass on their joy of reading to others. The project makes use of the ‘Peer Review’, which has much more persuasive powers to children and teenagers of similar age groups, in communication with each other.
Many activities and events are carried out: Reading Scouts can establish reading groups, visit classes where they present their book recommendations, organise book rallies, reading nights and book parties. They can also offer tours through school libraries, organise cut-price book sales and much more. By sharing the joy of reading, a new passion for books can result.
Meanwhile, there are reading scout initiatives in Germany in the Federal States of the Rhineland Palatinate, Saxony, Baden-Wuerttemberg and Hessen. Regular workshops, ideas for activities and reading recommendations ensure the sustainability of the reading scout networks.
This project is run by Stiftung Lesen (Germany).