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Schools & Groups

Blue Sky Book Clubs

Join us as a Blue Sky Book Club!

An opportunity for selected students at Oxfordshire primary schools, especially those who encounter barriers to reading, to enjoy new stories and receive the latest books, and through this, raise their literacy and wellbeing.

  • What are Blue Sky Book Clubs?

Your school is twinned with a trained volunteer Blue Sky Book Club Leader. The Club Leader will visit the school every week throughout the academic year, gifting books and leading collaborative story-play with small groups of up to 10 students (30 over a year) whose literacy skills need an extra impetus.

Formerly known as Lunchboox through the charity Bookfeast, these clubs have run for over ten years in over 20 schools, with outstanding impact evaluation.

The offer is currently available for Oxfordshire state primary schools.

  • Why have Blue Sky Book Clubs?

Children need stories, but the mechanics of reading can be a dispiriting process especially when the students know they are being assessed. Working collaboratively in small groups, in an alternative setting, with a new adult role model, offers an opportunity for students to experience the enjoyment of exploring a story for and of itself. Throughout these sessions, the focus is on story, participation and serious play. By connecting books with positive, uplifting, collaborative experiences, students change their perceptions towards reading, which raises both literacy and wellbeing.

  • How do they work?

Each term, the school selects 10 students from Years 5 and 6 and arranges a time and place for eight weekly 30 – 40 minute sessions at school. In the first session, the Club Leader comes to school with a selection of books that have been recommended by our network of specialists and Story Collections Team. The group agree on two books they would like to read together, and subsequently every student is gifted a copy of each book. The Club Leader then runs a range of activities to deepen understanding of the story, through role play, games, discussion and craft.

  • What next?

We are currently open for new schools to join us for the 2022-23 academic year. The deadline for sign-ups is 10 June 2022.

Find out more via the downloadable link below and have a read to see if Blue Sky Book Clubs could be accommodated at your school.

Join us for a Zoom Info Session at 4.30-5pm on Wednesday 11 May to talk to the Learning Team and current volunteers about the programme (email to request an invitation).

When you’re ready to join us, send an email to telling us your name and the name of your school, and we’ll talk further.

Become a Blue Sky Book Club Volunteer!

Being a Blue Sky Book Club Volunteer is an invaluable experience and we would love to have like-minded people on board.

We are currently recruiting for the 2022-2023 cohort of Blue Sky Book Club Volunteers!

The deadline for applications is Friday 6 May 2022. For more information, click here or email

  • Blue Sky Book Clubs PDF (503.174 KB)