IES schools throughout Sweden have been encouraging students of all ages to spend the break reading, with initiatives around spooky Halloween books, book bingo, or the chance to take a blind date with a book - wrapped up to hide its true identity, with clues to help potential readers decide if they might find it interesting.
Magdalena Bull, primary years manager at Internationella Engelska Skolan , said: “Reading is a vital life skill and the key to unlocking the entire curriculum. At IES, we see Läslovet as a celebration of reading, whether students are at home or at fritids. It is an opportunity for us to highlight the importance of reading enjoyment and ensuring every child is supported to find something that will spark a life-long reading interest.”
It’s not just the fritids group at IES Sigtuna who are enjoying läslov either. Ms Cater said: “One of our teachers has put bingo cards around with a Läslov bingo, and posters everywhere about Läslovet, and that goes for students of all ages. Everyone knows that the week is for reading.
“Läslovet is more than just one week of the year because there is a build up. During the weeks before the break we ask ‘Do you have your books ready? let me help you find some books’. We also start the conversation about where the public library is, and do they know how to access it over the break. After students come back we can ask ‘what did you read?’ or encourage them to trade cool books.”