Reading Gladiators Newsletter Autumn 1

Reading Gladiators has taken off this year! The new flexible format allows group leaders to tailor their book selection to fit the needs of their current group. We hope you have settled into your weekly sessions and are enjoying the first (or second) titles from Set A.


We love to hear about your group sessions and so do other schools too, so please send us a short update.  It doesn’t have to be lengthy. Here are some snippets from Northumberland Heath and Gryffidam. Thank you both!

We have really enjoyed sharing this book over Term 1. Here we are expressing our surprise at all the impossible things we had been discussing. Our two favourite things about this book are that it teaches you not to judge people/things by how they look and also because it uses the gutter in such a creative way rather than it being a wasted space. We love being Reading Gladiators and cannot wait to find out what our new book is going to be after half term. The Wall in the Middle of the Book


We have just finished our second session where we experienced Readers’ Theatre –
we really immersed ourselves in our characters and there were some great robot voices as well as some very sassy Sarahs.


This week, we explored some of Isaiah’s wonderfully creative vocabulary and displayed them on a ‘wordrobe so that we might explore their meanings and encourage others to think about some of their word choices.


To post an update. Select your year group from the top menu tab and scroll down to the Latest Activity window. 

Remember to share your ‘Celebrate and Create’ updates to be in with a chance of winning a box of new books for your school.

?? Ask the Author ??

Now that you have got your teeth into your first books, we hope the children’s interest has been piqued and they have some questions for the authors. This term we are looking for questions for the following authors:

Year 2

Ben Manley

Sally Pomme Clayton 

Ann Jungman

Year 3

Dianne Hofmeyr

Chrissie Sains 

Matt Goodfellow

Year 4

S E Durrant

Frank Cottrell Boyce 

Steve Tasane 


Year 5/6

Thomas Harding

Julia Green

Catherine Fisher

Kiran Millwood Hargrave


Send your questions to by Wednesday 3rd NOVEMBER clearly marked with

  • the name of the author
  • the title of the book you have read/are reading
  • your school name

The best questions will be selected and put to the authors. Recordings of the author interviews will be available on the book notes pages later this term to share with the children at your  convenience.


Set B selection is now LIVE

Looking ahead to next term. If you have yet to make your selections for the Spring term, you can now choose 2 titles from 6 books for each year group. Here is a taster. The full selection can be found at

   The Tindims and the Turtle Tangle stars with flaming tails

                      Where the World Turns Wild       when the sky falls


One of the objectives of Reading Gladiators is to extend children’s reading repertoires.  Each set of book notes has further recommend titles and you will notice that in the final session for each book we invite you to share as many titles from the recommended list, genre or by the same author/illustrator to further expand children’s reading. The majority of these books are available at

Making use of these suggestions will help you build a relevant, targeted and fresh collection for your school.

Enjoy your next book. We looking forward to reading your updates.