Help children fall in love with fiction. Even the boys.

Cornerstones Love to Read features more than 45 teaching guides that help children fall in love with fiction.

They help you teach classic and contemporary children’s literature, whatever your literary experience or knowledge. The series is made up of novels that represent a balance of styles, periods and authors to help children experience a range of literature over time. Each guide is also packed with ideas for classroom activities that encourage children to talk about their reading.

This week, we're looking at two more titles featured in our Love to Read series – Framed by Frank Cottrell Boyce and Pig Heart Boy by Malorie Blackman.

Framed by Frank Cottrell Boyce

4. Framed

Framed is a heart-warming story, based on a true one, of famous artworks being sent in a mysterious convoy of lorries from the National Gallery to a hidden location in the Welsh valleys (this actually happened during World War Two). It’s a funny and charming read about the power of art and community, and features the irrepressible and eternally optimistic Dylan Hughes, who sees all suspicious activity within the small town of Manod from the forecourt of his family’s petrol station.

Framed goes brilliantly with Year 6 ILP, Gallery Rebels, because it showcases a number of famous paintings – including Renoir’s Umbrellas and Quentin Massy’s Ugly Duchess – and shows the powerful effect art can have on people’s lives. Our Love to Read guide contains lots of ideas and activities for generating discussion about the characters, setting, language and themes.

Pig Heart Boy by Malorie Blackman

5. Pig heart boy

Lots of teachers told us their children really enjoyed Pig Heart Boy as a class read whilst doing our Blood Heart ILP. As a result, we’ve now created a Love to Read guide to accompany the text, packed full of ideas to help you explore the story, characters and themes of this impressive novel.

Pig Heart Boy tells the story of thirteen-year-old Cameron Kelsey, who has a dangerous and life-threatening heart condition. His only chance of survival is a groundbreaking operation, but it involves the risky and ethically controversial procedure of xenotransplantation: Cameron will be given a pig’s heart. What should he do?

The Love to Read guide provides lots of ideas for discussion and practical activities linked to the sensitive themes.

Love to Read

The Love to Read guides are flexible and can be used in a variety of ways. You can choose to read the novel together as a whole class, as part of guided reading or in independent reading time. No matter what sparks your children's interest, there is something for everyone.

For a closer look at Love to Read, download a free copy of our guide for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which links perfectly with our Year 3 ILP, Scrumdiddlyumptious!

You can also view a complete list of all Love to Read guides and which ILPs each one links to.

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Kathryn Farr - Marketing Assistant

Kathryn is the Marketing Assistant here at Cornerstones, where her role involves updating the blog on the Cornerstones website and looking after Cornerstones' various social media channels.

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