About Children Reading for Life

Kids Reading Harry Potter

Reading encourages children's mental well-being


Children Reading for Life works to help parents, grandparents and carers nurture, encourage and inspire their children to: learn to read, love to read, choose to read and develop a life-long enjoyment of reading.

Ask any teacher and they will mention a love of reading as a major contributing factor in a child's attainment, progression and mental well-being throughout their school 'career'.

Children Reading for Life recognises that developing a child's love of reading is one of the most important factors in their education, life chances and general well-being.

This is based on a broad range of national and international research as well as 25 years of professional experience.


My name is Polly Atkinson and I have been teaching and inspiring children to read for over 25 years. I have witnessed how being a keen reader helps children's confidence, self-esteem and attainment in all areas of their lives.

More importantly, I have seen how not being a confident reader can have a negative effect on children's confidence, self-esteem and academic achievement.

About me:

  •   Primary school teacher: 26 years;
  •   English Lead Teacher specialising in children's reading;
  •   Early Years (EYRs: 0-5 yrs), Key Stage 1 (KS1: 5-7 yrs) and Key Stage 2 (KS2: 7-11 yrs);
  •   Teacher training, West Sussex Teachers as Readers Group Leader;
  •   MA research: Children's reading and their interests;
  •   United Kingdom Literacy Association: Reading for Pleasure, Book Awards Judge/Group Leader;
  •   Courses for families (how reading is taught in schools);
  •   Attended numerous conferences, literary festivals, presentations etc.
  •   Utterly passionate about children's reading.


Reading is an incredibly important life skill for everyone. Research shows that those children who choose to read, and have rich reading experiences, achieve greater academic success than those who do not read regularly or enjoy reading.

I believe all children deserve the best chances in life and that one of the most enjoyable, affordable and emotionally satisfying ways of achieving this is through reading.


Children Reading for Life also offers reading tutoring for children on a 1-to-1 basis.

Polly talking books with Julia Donaldson
Talking books with Julia Donaldson
Meeting Oliver Jeffers
Meeting Oliver Jeffers
The great Michael Rosen himself!
The great Michael Rosen himself!