UK Reading

Idris Elba Brings To Life Story Illiterate Mum Made Up When She Couldn't Read To Her Kids

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 08.09.2017 | UK Parents

A mum who used to make up bedtime stories to go with the illustrations in her children’s books, because she was illiterate, has had one of her stori...

This Mum Isn't Teaching Her 5-Year-Old Son How To Read Yet: 'He Has More Important Things To Learn'

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 24.08.2017 | UK Parents

A mum has shared the reasons why she isn’t teaching her five-year-old son how to read at home. Crystal Lowery, a comedian and writer at Creepy Ginge...

Where Literacy Thrives

Alison Hubert | Posted 17.08.2017 | UK
Alison Hubert

Every September the world comes together on International Literacy Day (September 8) to celebrate all that being literate makes possible. While much p...

A Framework For Making Bold Decisions Without Regrets

Rosie Leizrowice | Posted 31.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Rosie Leizrowice

Regret is one of the most painful feelings any of us can experience. It hurts because regret is, more often than not, based on our own choices and not external events. We can't fix it in retrospect and it's hard to know what the catalyst will be. As Kurt Vonnegut put it, the saddest words anyone can say are 'It might have been.'

How To Stay Productive When You're Demotivated And Don't Want To Get Out Of Bed

Rosie Leizrowice | Posted 28.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Rosie Leizrowice

Most of what I know about productivity comes from times when I've been depressed and still have work I need to get done. Those times have taught me that productivity isn't really about motivation. It's about...

How To Organise A Successful Book Club

Quora | Posted 24.07.2017 | UK Entertainment

What is the best way to structure a book club? originally appeared on Quora - the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from o...

Starting A Book Club And Kicking The S**t Out Of Option B

Lucy von Sturmer | Posted 21.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Lucy von Sturmer

Recently, I've experienced a bit of a setback. I broke both arms which, as a communications strategist, has been rather difficult. And, to make matters a little more complicated, I had to undergo surgery to screw my wrist back into place. It's a bit gory, so I'll move swiftly on.

I Recreated My Son's Favourite Book In A BIG Way But His Reaction Wasn't What I'd Hoped For

Al Ferguson | Posted 11.07.2017 | UK Parents
Al Ferguson

The book in question is called Stuck, by Oliver Jeffers. It tells the story of a young boy called Floyd who gets his kite stuck up a tree. In order to retrieve his kite, Floyd attempts to throw his trainer up the tree to knock the kite out. Only, his shoe gets stuck as well.

Traditional Reading: Is It Still Relevant?

James Jorner | Posted 11.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
James Jorner

Our society needs optimists who not only recognise but also remind us of the value of print. For all the talk regarding its possible demise, the format still offers the most immersive reading experience -- with digital as the most distracting, though Kindle falls in the middle.

An Exercise Book, A Pen, And Help - When I Needed It Most

Ed Green | Posted 11.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Ed Green

Then one day, our dinner lady sat down next to me. Peering at the pages of scribble, she asked me why. Her voice was calm and friendly. With a flourish, she took a pen out of her uniform pocket. And a few pages on from the word 'look!', she wrote her name in clear letters - 'Mrs Holliday'.

No More Need For Dr Google - How Your Library Can Support Your Health

Sue Wilkinson | Posted 10.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Sue Wilkinson

If I were to go out onto the streets today and ask passers-by where they go for support and information on their health I'm sure I'd get many of the same answers: the GP, the walk in centre, the infamous Dr Google. They might not, however, say the library; they are not, for many people, synonymous with health and wellbeing, but they should be.

Reading With Your 'Just Reading' Child

Cassie Pearse | Posted 30.06.2017 | UK Parents
Cassie Pearse

Here's a weird one: we all know that reading to/with our kids is a positive thing, but are there lines that shouldn't be overstepped? If you, the adult, have wonderful memories of childhood books, how should you proceed with your own children, instilling that same love of reading without foisting anything on them?

Reading Isn't Uncool Or Unmanly, It's A Key Form Of Resistance And A Means Through Which To Better Our Condition, Especially At Present

Basit Mahmood | Posted 18.06.2017 | UK
Basit Mahmood

To those who think reading isn't for the likes of us, I have this message. It is a key form of resistance and empowerment for individuals within disadvantaged communities. Not only does reading books enable us to better understand the societies around us, but it equips us with the ideas and tools to challenge the status quo.

13 Kids' Books That Help Teach Children About Empathy

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 13.06.2017 | UK Parents

People are sharing their recommendations for books that help children to develop empathy, as part of a campaign to highlight the power of storytellin...

Why Books And Reading Should Be At The Heart Of What The UK Does Next...

Nicola J Rowley | Posted 05.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Nicola J Rowley

And it all begins with the first stories we introduce our children to. The ones that open up the doors of possibility to what lies ahead and which stoke their imaginations. The inspiring, the educating and the delighting - as they learn to turn the pages one at a time.

Books For Budding Readers

Rebecca Bainbridge | Posted 02.06.2017 | UK Parents
Rebecca Bainbridge

I feel very privileged to have had this job. When reading some of the old favourites to the classes I've been transported back to my own childhood, when life was much simpler. But it's also allowed me to discover some new gems that I look forward to reading with my troublesome trio.

Inspire Your Child To Fall In Love With Reading This Summer - It Could Put Them Three Years Ahead In The Classroom

Jonathan Douglas | Posted 02.06.2017 | UK Parents
Jonathan Douglas

If your child could do anything this summer, what would it be? Walk with dinosaurs, embark on a treasure hunt with pirates, propel themselves in to outer space, or maybe play for their favourite football team in a cup final? Anything is possible - when you find the right book!

Asking The Wrong Questions About Kids' Digital Reading

Tom Grayson | Posted 26.05.2017 | UK Parents
Tom Grayson

British kids are the worst teenage readers in the developed world. We undertook research in March this year to focus on what is happening with three to seven years old and we found that nearly six per cent of them had never read a book, ever. That is almost 250,000 children in the UK not reading at all and we believe this is going to get worse.

Why You Should Read More - A Lot More

Rosie Leizrowice | Posted 19.05.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Rosie Leizrowice

In my previous posts about reading, I have failed to address precisely why I value books so much. In this post, I want to address a question I have been asked many times since I started writing about this topic: why read at all?

Why Do We Need To Teach All Children About Self-Confidence On National Children's Day?

NaaDei Neequaye-Oyelade | Posted 08.05.2017 | UK Parents
NaaDei Neequaye-Oyelade

Confidence in children is evidenced in various ways, so it's important to try to build it so that it follows them straight into adulthood. There are so many things we can do as parents to increase confidence, but one very important way to do this is with the power of reading.

Nature: Ways To Get Out Into It More

Louis Sherman | Posted 03.07.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Louis Sherman

At the moment it is cold outside, and while our nature seems to be at more risk than ever (Thanks Trump, however kudos to the National Park Service). So I thought it is as good a time as ever to share some of the ways I get out in nature every day of the year, as well as specifically some ideas for winter.

The One Thing All Schools Should Teach (But Don't)

Rosie Leizrowice | Posted 26.04.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Rosie Leizrowice

What is something every student should learn which isn't taught in school? How to read. Sure, schools teach us how to look at the letters C A T and...

Is There Such A Thing As The Wrong Book To Read?

Sue Wilkinson | Posted 21.04.2017 | UK
Sue Wilkinson

So how do you find the right book for you? If you would like to encourage someone in your life to get back into books, or even start reading again yourself, try browsing libraries and bookshops for inspiration.

How To Squeeze Non-Fiction Reading Into Your Busy Life

Sara Bussandri | Posted 27.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Sara Bussandri

You have a long list of books you need to read, and you're adding to it a lot quicker than you manage to go through it. So if you want to squeeze non-fiction books into your already-packed life, here's how.

Woman Who's Learning To Read At The Age Of 87 Shows Off Her New Skills On 'This Morning'

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 17.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle

A pensioner has proven it’s never to late to learn a new life skill by learning how to read at the age of 87. Octogenarian Ursula Shepherd appeared...