Enjoying reading

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To understand what authors do and review a book you’ve enjoyed.

This lesson includes:

  • one video to show you what authors do

  • one video of Paralympic Basketball player and sports presenter Ade Adepitan reading from Tom's Midnight Garden by Philippa Pearce

  • three activities


People who write books are called authors.

Watch this clip to learn about what authors do.

Find out about what an author does.

An author chooses everything about a book:

  • where it is set
  • what happens
  • who the characters are
  • what those characters are like

This is called authorial intent.

Authors also think hard about what they want their readers to feel when they are reading their books.

When someone reads a book and really likes it, they often read other books by the same author. This is because they enjoy how that author writes and how that author makes them feel.

For example: Lots of people enjoy reading Roald Dahl’s books because they know they’re usually funny, have interesting characters and will be written in a way that makes them feel happy.


You may need paper and a pen or pencil for some of these activities.

Activity 1

Complete the ‘What does an author do’ quiz.

Can you get all four questions right?

Activity 2

Watch this video of Paralympic Basketball player and sports presenter Ade Adepitan reading from Tom's Midnight Garden by Philippa Pearce.

Listen carefully. Ade reads some extracts and explains how Philippa Pearce’s writing really captured his imagination when he was younger.

Watch Ade Adepitan reading from 'Tom's Midnight Garden' by Philippa Pearce.

You can write your answers down on paper, or discuss them instead.

1. Why did Ade enjoy about reading Tom's Midnight Garden when he was young? Give two reasons.

2. What does Ade like so much about how Philippa Pearce described the garden? (Top tip: Go to 2 minutes and 42 seconds in the video.)

3. Do you think you would like reading Tom’s Midnight Garden? Why?

Activity 3

Now think about a book you’ve enjoyed reading or listening to. You're going to review that book and the author - just like Ade did in the video.

Fill in the book review activity sheet explaining what you like about that book and the way the author writes.

Look at the questions in each box to help you.

Either print off the sheet and fill it in, or copy out the subheadings onto a piece of paper.

Book Review

Where next?

In this lesson you have learnt about what authors do and reviewed a book you’ve enjoyed reading.

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