Get kids reading this Rugby World Cup

Children’ author and England Rugby promote reading for pleasure in schools, libraries and homes this summer and autumn

Children’s author, Tom Palmer, aims to promote reading for pleasure during this autumn’s Rugby World Cup, with a series of literacy events in public libraries over the summer. He will also be writing a bespoke story that will unfold during the tournament, while you can also find a set of literacy resources on the RFU website.

In August Palmer will host his Rugby Reading Game at public libraries next to each of the 13 Rugby World Cup venues (tour details are listed at tompalmer.co.uk/meet-me), combining a rugby reading quiz with an indoor penalty competition.

The ‘live’ Rugby World Cup story unveils as the tournament progresses through September and October, reacting to the events on and off the pitch, and schoolchildren will be invited to vote on what happens next. Each chapter will be written after the evening’s fixtures are played out.

You can already find his reading for pleasure resources for schools, libraries and families on the RFU education website (englandrugbyteachersresource.com), as well as 15 writing drills based on aspects of the game.

Pie Corbett