Today, reading for pleasure seems like a pastime that is outmoded and part of a privileged childhood. For the less privileged, the principles of reading for purpose will be much more inclusive, inspiring and relatable. Non fiction appeals to the episodic reader as by its nature you can dip in and out of it and go back to it. We believe it's far more accessible to a child that doesn’t have a peaceful home environment or the concentration and perseverance needed to independently read fiction yet.
That’s not to say that we under-value the role of fiction. Our ambition would be that all Rocketeers go on to read for pleasure It’s just we believe non-fiction plays a vital step to engage a child who is so far unengaged with reading. We are giving that child another route to explore books, and one that is full of relatable subjects, highly illustrated and captivating. We believe access to highly illustrated brilliant non fiction books will rocket their life ahead.
Together with the school and the year group teachers we select the most inspiring and innovative non-fiction titles that can work alongside their curriculum. Books that really ignite a child’s desire to dive into subjects and aid their learning.
Statistics show that of children who are failing at the age of 7 will also be failing once they reach 16. This is why it’s so important to intervene and offer help at this early stage of learning.
This will save them from becoming lost in a system, break the cycle of failing education and give them the ability to look ahead with personal determination.