UK Reading

'Are You A F***ing Tank?'

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 01.08.2015 | UK

WARNING: INDUSTRIAL LANGUAGE In an entertaining yet expletive-heavy confrontation, a Reading driver with a painfully cockney accent ends up on his ...

Boy Who Can't Afford Books Begs Postal Worker For Junk Mail To Read, Gets Incredible Response

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 29.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle

A boy who read junk mail because he couldn't afford books has been left overwhelmed by the kindness of strangers. Mathew Flores, 12, approached hi...

Confused By the Mysterious World of Children's Digital Books?

Dr Natalia Kucirkova | Posted 27.07.2015 | UK Tech
Dr Natalia Kucirkova

A body of research concerned with e-books on laptops and PCs shows that high quality e-books can support children's vocabulary, story comprehension and word reading. However, e-books and digital books on tablets with many hotspots and multimedia features which do not correspond to the narrative can diminish children's story comprehension and vocabulary.

Charlie And Lola Author On How She Came Up With Her Much Loved Characters

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 24.07.2015 | UK Parents

There are some children's books that everyone just knows about. Whether it's because of the characters, the story or the illustrations, they become...

Teach First - A Lesson in Literacy

Stephen Fear | Posted 29.07.2015 | UK
Stephen Fear

People often say to me "how did you succeed at anything with no education"? Well the secret is I didn't. I was educated, but not in the conventional s...

Reading Leads to Bigger Ponds

Sonja Lewis | Posted 16.07.2015 | UK Entertainment
Sonja Lewis

Before I moved to NYC nearly thirty years ago, people in my hometown in Georgia often referred to me as a 'big fish in little pond', perhaps because ...

Bad Literacy Directly Affects People's Health And The Society As A Whole.

J.N. Paquet | Posted 15.07.2015 | UK
J.N. Paquet

Shouldn't the government make eliminating child illiteracy one of its priorities in order to achieve just that and to create a fairer modern society for all?

Encouraging a Reluctant Reader: Top 10 Tips

Isabelle Lee | Posted 13.07.2015 | UK Parents
Isabelle Lee

I am going to assume that you know the basics of making sure you have lots of books at home, that you read every day to your child (with enthusiasm!) and that you have books that interest your child. Beyond that, here are my Top 10 Tips...

Am I A Grumpy Old Fart? Or Is Everything Sh*t Now?

Aid Thompsin | Posted 02.07.2015 | UK Entertainment
Aid Thompsin

Whenever I see an old documentary about the 70s (or the 90s more recently) there always seems to be some old boy, talking-head saying "Well, everything had gotten so stale, people were bored of the same faces and same shit coming out. It was ripe for a shake-up". I feel like that about now.

Dads Too Embarrassed to Read to Kids

Lisa Bradburn | Posted 12.06.2015 | UK Parents
Lisa Bradburn

Your child is the least judgmental fan you'll ever have! Reading to your children is not like updating Facebook - in their eyes, you can do no wrong. They are fully prepared to make you their hero, so kick off your shoes and have some fun!

Here's Why Dads Need To Read To Their Kids More Often

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 08.06.2015 | UK Parents

Dads don't read enough to their children and don't know the importance it can have for their later life, a new poll has revealed. Mothers, however,...

Fathers Do Not Read Enough to Their Children

Diana Gerald | Posted 08.06.2015 | UK Parents
Diana Gerald

Fathers (and mothers, for that matter) shouldn't see reading to their children as a chore; sharing a book can create wonderful memories and great bonding opportunities. It also gives children the best start in life.

On Reading Books

Canon J.John | Posted 27.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
Canon J.John

As we are heading into that time of year when we buy books to read on holiday I thought it might be useful to share some reflections on holiday readin...

Record Numbers of Children Enjoy Reading Every Day

Jonathan Douglas | Posted 22.05.2015 | UK
Jonathan Douglas

Reading for enjoyment in childhood can not only be the start of a lifelong hobby, it also transforms a child's life chances by improving their literacy which is vital for success in school and the workplace as well their health, confidence and happiness.

Five Travel Books That Will Make You Wanderlust

Frontier | Posted 21.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
Frontier

Are you an avid reader and also looking for some inspiration to travel around the world? Then you should dig yourself deep in to these five books. The...

The Simplest Things in Life Are the Best (Especially When Accompanied by Tart and Wine!)

Anna Fraser | Posted 21.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Anna Fraser

It is 9pm and the holiday house that we are staying in rural France has retired for the day; the garden cleared of toys, bikes, and all signs of long lazy lunching (which always merges in to dinnering) has been washed-up and put away, until the next day.

Romanians Are Coming... At the London Book Fair

Dr Ion Jinga | Posted 17.06.2015 | UK Entertainment
Dr Ion Jinga

Romania has been a constant presence at the London Book Fair since 2007 and I pay my tribute of admiration to so many writers, publishers, translators and literary promoters who, along these eight years, have showcased the excellence of Romanian literature and established lasting relations between Romania and the UK.

Writers' Lament: Conditions Worsen for Those in Britain's Favourite Job

Sara Sheridan | Posted 30.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
Sara Sheridan

Joanne Harris, author of Chocolat, wrote a blog piece recently about the disturbing practice arising at some book festivals, where authors are not paid for appearing. Her rallying cry was taken up by the Bookseller and the Society of Authors, which recently published guidelines about the level at which authors should peg event fees.

Learn the Secret Behind Knowledge, Good Writing and Creative Thinking

Thomas Church | Posted 23.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Church

I read two or three books per week and have created a system of notation and filing that I want to share. It enables me to use what I've read, search what I've read and come back to it many years on.

Are Children Still Interested in Books?

J.N. Paquet | Posted 16.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
J.N. Paquet

Some encouraging results from the survey indeed show that children from lower socio-economic backgrounds spend more time reading on devices than their wealthier peers. More encouraging results: print books are actually more popular with three to five-year-olds than reading on devices!

The Storytelling Manifesto

James Whittaker | Posted 10.05.2015 | UK
James Whittaker

What if every teacher in every classroom on this planet had the oratory power of our greatest storytellers? The school day would be anticipated instead of dreaded. Society would change.

Don't Judge a Kid By Its Costume

Mark Bryce | Posted 09.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Mark Bryce

A lot has been written about World Book Day, and rightly so.A celebration of authors, illustrators, books and reading. Shared in over one hundred countries. A beautifully uncomplicated premise in an otherwise complicated world. And yet, like any parade, some people can't wait to piss on it. The main target of their ire, dressing up.

Books Are What Make Us Civilised

Marcus Sedgwick | Posted 04.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
Marcus Sedgwick

In America, Tom Paine's writings spurred the revolution for independence. Or closer to our own time; consider how the Nazis burnt books of which that they were scared. It's easy to see that books have power if they are being fought over because of the ideas they contain.

Does Enid Blyton Have a Place on My Children's Bookshelf?

Natasha Batsford | Posted 13.04.2015 | UK Entertainment
Natasha Batsford

I was aware that the language was old fashioned, and in some cases offensive, but it never got in the way of my love of the books or the stories they told because (like most children) I cared more about characters than grammar.

Three BookTubers Talk About Their Most Anticipated Young Adult Books of 2015

Laura M. Bell | Posted 10.04.2015 | UK Entertainment
Laura M. Bell

YouTube might not be the first place you go for that most low-tech form of entertainment: reading. And yet, YouTube has become the unlikely hero of a reading renaissance, thanks to the BookTubing phenomenon.