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Reading for Pleasure


Welcome to the Reading for Pleasure information page. Here you will find information regarding The Big Read which targets KS3, as well as information about our external partners. For further details please contact Miss Cavanagh This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

The Marsh Academy has partnered with Kobo, Accelerated Reader, Kent Library Services and Browns Books to encourage our young people to read for pleasure.


The Big Read programme is designed to not only encourage reading, but improve students' overall literacy skills. By utilising new technology, a Kobo eReader, students have the use of a device that can access a wide range of eBooks through the Browns Books e-Library platform and Kent Library Services. Students’ progress is then tracked using Accelerated Reader, an online testing tool that monitors students’ comprehension skills and reading ability.

 As part of the reading for pleasure project our departments have each put together a list of books which they would recommend to students. Please find this page here: Recommended reading.


Founded in December 2009, Toronto-based Kobo has quickly become a global leader in eReading, offering a world-class platform for the most passionate Readers. Our mission is to lead the global transformation in reading by inspiring people to read more and more often – anytime, anyplace, anywhere around the world. Kobo delivers the best digital reading experience to millions of users in 190 countries, offering one of the world's largest catalogues with millions of titles, world-class eReading devices, and top-ranking apps. Kobo is owned by Tokyo-based eCommerce company Rakuten.

Accelerated Reader
We are a technology-based education company with the dedicated aim of accelerating learning for all. Reading, writing and maths are the necessary foundations on which all additional learning must be built. We work to help teachers to improve children’s futures by flourishing academically and developing a lifetime of learning. At Renaissance Learning we recognise that every child is unique. Children learn in different ways and at their own individual pace. All of our products are designed around this premise, enabling teachers to evaluate a child’s attainment and then tailor their learning programme accordingly. We make sure that every child can experience accelerated learning in an environment that is safe and non-threatening, fostering successful practice working towards learning objectives and longer-term goals. We are proud of the success schools across the world have achieved with our products, and welcome every opportunity to work closely with schools to help change more children’s futures.

Browns Books
Browns Books for Students are the UK’s leading supplier of books and eBooks for schools. VLeBooks, the eBook platform from Browns Books for Students, is a fantastic way for our students to access educational resource titles and bestselling fiction wherever they are, used by hundreds of schools, colleges, and universities worldwide. With over 300,000 titles available for purchase, you'll be able to provide to your students a wide range of eBooks, accessible both online via our feature-packed online reader and offline via a multitude of devices.



To view and purchase books for teens click here


To view and purchase books for adults click here



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