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Invest in Nursery Education for Better Exam Results

Russell Hobby | Posted 20.11.2015 | UK Parents
Russell Hobby

Most of the attention in our education system is paid to the older end - exams and universities. Yet much of the action - in terms of making a difference - takes places at the start. Or even before children arrive at school. Put it this way: if you want better GCSE results, you should invest in nursery education.

The Importance of Reading to Children Before Bedtime

Caroline Hartwell | Posted 06.11.2015 | UK Parents
Caroline Hartwell

It should become part of their daily routine, which we know is something kids thrive on, and can also become an indicator that it is almost time to go to bed - another great technique to trick them into bed without them even realising.

Power Of Reading

Frank Furedi | Posted 02.11.2015 | UK Entertainment
Frank Furedi

Unfortunately the younger generations are told that reading is important because it is a 'must-have-skill'. No doubt it is an essential skills to possess. But the possession and even the valuation of this skill does not necessarily inspire people to find pleasure in reading.

Why I Want to Rip up my Child's Reading Journal

Claire Potter | Posted 20.10.2015 | UK Parents
Claire Potter

A friend told me that at her child's school, if children don't complete their reading journal, they are made to stay in at playtime! Using reading as a punishment is likely to build up a positive association with books as quickly as if you'd bashed them over the head with one.

Get The Grumpy Unfriendly Library Staff Out! (... For Our Children's Sake!)

J.N. Paquet | Posted 14.10.2015 | UK Politics
J.N. Paquet

Nothing does or will ever justify public library cuts and school library cuts. Library cuts are unacceptable in the twenty-first century, in a modern country like Britain, and they should simply be made unlawful!

The Best Children's Picture Books Autumn 2015

Hannah Beckerman | Posted 07.10.2015 | UK Parents
Hannah Beckerman

We're in a golden age for children's books: this autumn sees such a wealth of brilliant titles that I've had to separate fiction from non-fiction (non-fiction highlights coming next week). Below are books that will make your child laugh, think, feel and be inspired - what more could we ask for?

Help! What Are Phonics? A Confused Parent's Guide

Isabelle Lee | Posted 05.10.2015 | UK Parents
Isabelle Lee

Being a linguist, a primary school teacher, and a parent who taught my children to read, here is my breakdown for you, explaining why they are worth the effort, and why your child may become a better reader and speller because of them.

Cerrie Burnell On Why She's Celebrating Diversity In Her Kid's Books

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 23.09.2015 | UK Parents

Cerrie Burnell might be best known for being a presenter on CBeebies, but having recently launched her third book she's becoming a well-established au...

Spoof Ladybird Book 'Explains' Modern Art To Children

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 24.09.2015 | UK Parents

A comical spoof of the traditional Ladybird books featuring Peter and Jane is gaining attention on social media. We Go To The Gallery written by Mi...

Personalised Books: Exciting But Also Risky Times for Children's Stories

Dr Natalia Kucirkova | Posted 22.09.2015 | UK Parents
Dr Natalia Kucirkova

Arguably, personalisation offers a great business model: publishers can have a prototype and customise it according to each individual customer. There is a limit here, however, as to scale up, publishers need more than one title to offer to their readers- which is expensive and often leaves small publishers in a deadlock.

Recipes in Novels

Helen Redfern | Posted 09.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Helen Redfern

Food in fiction is nothing new. Many of us grew up, after all, fantasising about midnight feasts at a fictional boarding school or picnics on island adventures thanks to Enid Blyton.

Celebrate International Literacy Day With Your Children

Lisa Bradburn | Posted 04.09.2015 | UK Parents
Lisa Bradburn

As a teacher turned toy hunter, literacy is close to my heart and it's a skill we quickly take for granted once accomplished, so this special day offers us a chance to recognise how lucky we are to be able to read and write.

Can This Book Make Kids Fall Asleep In Minutes? Parents Reveal If It Works

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 19.08.2015 | UK Parents

A children's book that promises to get children to sleep "within minutes" has unsurprisingly become a bestseller on Amazon and parents have begun to s...

Nicky Morgan And David Walliams Announce Plans To Enrol Every Child At A Library

PA | Posted 19.08.2015 | UK Parents

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has said every eight-year-old child in England will be enrolled at their local library in a Government bid to improve...

The Priceless Moment of the Bedtime Story

J.N. Paquet | Posted 18.08.2015 | UK Parents
J.N. Paquet

A bedtime story is the perfect ingredient for a good night sleep. Bedtime is one of the most important moments of the day for all children. Reading a bedtime story to a child helps them make the transition between their very busy and active day and the time to close their eyes, relax and sleep.

'Freddy the Frog', the 'Famous Five' and Why 'Why' May Be One of the Most Important Questions of All

Ian Preston | Posted 11.08.2015 | UK Parents
Ian Preston

To get our children ready to read, we need all parents to be reading to their children 10 minutes a day. It sounds simple, but a nursery manager I spoke to recently told me how many of her parents just don't realise what a difference this could make. For boys, there's compelling evidence that dads reading to them has an even stronger effect.

20 Books Every Teen Should Read

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 06.08.2015 | UK Universities & Education

You never have so many hours to while away as you do in your teenage years. Naturally, we'd all rather spend them reading than playing Call of Duty, r...

Why Stories are More Important Than Books

Holly Seddon | Posted 03.08.2015 | UK Entertainment
Holly Seddon

Growing up, my Dad didn't read to me at bedtime. Instead, he did something far better. He used to make up stories. Freestyle. Freestyle! And I took this completely for granted.

'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?