Swap a book day!
Complete the survey questions and compare your answers in pairs
1) How many books
have you read for pleasure from start to finish in the last 12 months?
2) What makes you
want to read a book?
a. Who is swapping
swap a book
A recent survey of reading habits in the UK found that 50% of adults had read at least 5 books or more in the previous 12 months. The results show that young males between 16 and 24 read fewer books than anyone else. The survey, which is part of a national campaign to improve reading levels, found that recommendations encourage people to read.
Recommending good books to friends and work colleagues is a key part of Swap a Book Day on September 6th. Last year London taxi drivers swapped books and wrote book recommendations on postcards at their local café while offices, schools, libraries, hospitals, museums, shopping malls and companies all over the UK held special book swapping events. Creating a book box in the office or classroom is one of the most popular ways to encourage people to swap their favourite reads. People can put a book in the box to share with colleagues or complete a postcard with details of a good book for others to read.
Apart from helping
keen readers to find more good books, the campaign hopes to persuade non-readers
to pick up a book. So, why not create a book box for your school or workplace?
4. Write a postcard
5. Class survey/poll
6. Desert island
7. Discussion questions
a. Who encouraged
you to read? Do you think school teachers, friends or parents are the
most important influence on your reading habits?
b. Think of two ways
to encourage young people to read more.
c. Some people think that the internet and television are responsible for a decline in book reading. Is this the case in your country? Do you agree?
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