Promoting Reading with 2Simple

Feb. 5, 2024

We love to celebrate books, and foster a joy of reading for pleasure in children. There are some great resources for you to use in your classrooms to promote reading from 2Simple, including eBooks, paint projects, writing projects and quizzes.

Serial Mash

Serial Mash is your online library for reading and comprehension. With a new chapter every week of term, writing activities and guided reading resources, all the hard work of planning guided reading is done for you.

The ever-growing collection of titles (currently over 200) is designed to inspire children to develop a love of reading and become better readers.

Over 3.9 million hours of reading completed on Serial Mash!

Through the publication of bespoke weekly fiction, Serial Mash leaves every chapter on a cliff-hanger, encouraging children to keep returning to find out what happens next. Not only that, but with Serial Mash, it's easy to plan your whole term's worth of Guided Reading lessons - every chapter of each book has comprehension, grammar and writing activities which are perfect for Guided Reading.

The students have engaged with the texts. The option for reading independently, following along whilst the text is read by an actorauthor allows us to best support our students. The comprehension

Home access is a key part of Serial Mash, providing all children, regardless of background, with a growing library of books they can read for pleasure away from school. Everyone at Serial Mash is committed to helping children have a love of reading and developing this key life skill.

We've also partnered with DK Learning to include 6 new full non-fiction books each term within Serial Mash - perfect for topic-based research lessons.

Serial Mash is easily added to Purple Mash accounts and is available as a 14-day free trial.

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DK books Sept 2023

Purple Mash


If you’re wanting to do some research on top authors, then we’ve got just the resources for you. From Hans Christian Anderson and Charles Dickens to Julia Donaldson and Roald Dahl, we’ve got shelf-loads of well-known writers for your class to get inspired in our Authors and Poets area. You'll be able to write profiles and book reviews, as well as completing activities on the authors' books.

Resources on Popular Texts

Within Purple Mash you can also find Resources on Popular Texts - these include character fact files, news reports based on story events, quizzes, diaries, character descriptions and even more! Check out some of the books that we currently have resources for below:

Age 5-7

  • Handa's Surprise
  • The Gruffalo
  • The Smartest Giant in Town
  • What the Ladybird Heard
  • We're Going on a Bear Hunt
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar
  • The Owl Who Was Afraid of The Dark
  • The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch
  • Oliver's Vegetables
  • Room on the Broom

Age 7-9

  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  • George's Marvellous Medicine
  • Fantastic Mr Fox
  • The Iron Man
  • Stone Age Boy
  • The Egyptian Cinderella
  • Escape from Pompeii
  • Theseus and the Minotaur

Age 9-11

  • Under the Hawthorn Tree
  • A Christmas Carol
  • Oliver Twist
  • The Explorer
  • Wonder
  • The Boy in the Tower

Non-Fiction Texts

Sometimes there's nothing children like better than to find out interesting facts, and with Purple Mash, they'll have lots of facts at their fingertips! DK Learning texts are now hosted on Purple Mash and there are over 40 of them currently! 6 are added every term, so your class will never get bored!

Discover with DK Learning

DK Purple Mash Books - Autumn 2023

We'd love to see your students completing some 2Simple reading activities, so please do tag us on social media, or email us community@2simple.com. Happy reading!