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What Productive People Do on a Rainy Day

Cassandra Lee Yieng | Posted 06.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Cassandra Lee Yieng

It's raining as I type this blog post. It's less fun to go out than to stay home. However, instead of watching TV or listening to music, here are some better things we could do.

May's Share-A-Story Month will Breathe Life into Bedtime Stories

Lisa Bradburn | Posted 05.05.2016 | UK Parents
Lisa Bradburn

As a former primary school teacher, changing location is something I'd do often to maintain children's engagement. We'd have lessons outside on a summer's day and inside my classroom was zoned into different activity areas, interactive areas and 'thinking' areas.

The Future of Reading

Alison Hubert | Posted 26.04.2016 | UK
Alison Hubert

Each year we send up to one million brand new, carefully selected books to libraries in Africa because we believe that books can change lives. What we want to do is to give people the opportunities that books can bring.

Tim Peake Reads 7-Year-Old Truly Memorable Bedtime Story

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 22.04.2016 | UK Parents

Tim Peake read an excited seven-year-old a story from the International Space Station. Roraigh, from Adlington, won a competition run by 'Lost My Nam...

Roald Dahl - Much More to Him Than Marvellous Children's Books

Carey Ann Dodah | Posted 20.04.2016 | UK Entertainment
Carey Ann Dodah

Roald Dahl believed in taking practical steps to improve the lives of those around him and his creativity and determination even helped to develop pioneering medical treatments such as the Wade-Dahl-Till valve, which benefited children across the world.

Dads Urged to Get More Involved in Their Children's Story Time to Give Boys a Boost

Jonathan Douglas | Posted 23.03.2016 | UK Parents
Jonathan Douglas

For many families story time is a highlight of the day. Sitting together for as little as ten minutes to read books and sing nursery rhymes is enjoyable for parents and is crucial for developing children's literacy skills.

Life After Domestic Abuse

Jennifer Gilmour | Posted 22.03.2016 | UK
Jennifer Gilmour

I used to wonder if I would ever have a life. In fact I wondered this every day for the five long, lonely years that I lived in a domestic abusive relationship. In the end I didn't care because I was so numb, but here I am now and I want to share with you a snippet of my story.

Why I Think Reading Business Books Is Often a Total Waste of Time

Hanni Melnicenko | Posted 10.03.2016 | UK
Hanni Melnicenko

I quit reading business books almost right after I read Tim Ferriss' The Four Hour Work Week. Not because I had 'found the one'! But because the penn...

The Fun of Fiction

John Hibbs | Posted 07.03.2016 | UK Parents
John Hibbs

In our house, we decided to opt for one of our favourite reads 'Little Red Riding Hood'. I'm not usually one for dressing up but I couldn't resist being the Little Lady's partner in my wolf mask too.

10 Books to Get Your Child Into Reading

Juliana Oliver | Posted 03.03.2016 | UK Parents
Juliana Oliver

If your child struggles to read, or lacks enthusiasm for reading, try books with relatively large text and short chapters. Funny and adventure-based stories are also more likely to appeal: they are easy to get into and mean children won't feel like they're reading a school book.

There's a Book for Everyone, So Get Reading

Diana Gerald | Posted 03.03.2016 | UK Parents
Diana Gerald

World Book Day [this year on 3 March] is a compelling celebration of books and reading which is recognised by UNESCO and is marked in 100 countries worldwide. It is a wonderful reminder to celebrate all that books bring us and what a source of great pleasure, and fun, they are to us and young readers.

How Jacqueline Wilson's Books Help Teach Kids Empathy

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 03.03.2016 | UK Parents

Jacqueline Wilson has made a name for herself writing unique children's stories that challenge the stereotypes of a traditional family. From 'Trac...

How to be the Hero of Your Own Story

Amanda Seyderhelm | Posted 23.02.2016 | UK Parents
Amanda Seyderhelm

Play therapists work with a play therapy kit that enables a child to tell their stories through metaphor, instead of direct language. By using art, music, clay, sand, drama, puppets, masks, dressing up props, games and therapeutic storytelling, a child reveals their sadness and losses from the safe distance of the metaphor.

'How To Train Your Dragon' Author On How Babies Inspired The Books

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 05.02.2016 | UK Parents

Cressida Cowell, the author most known for her series 'How To Train Your Dragon', has been entertaining children (and adults) with her stories for mor...

Mousetrap Mystery After Rodent Killed By 150-Year-Old Museum Exhibit

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 04.02.2016 | UK Comedy

Museum curators were left dumbfounded after they found a freshly killed mouse inside a 150-year-old mousetrap encased behind impenetrable glass. Th...

Is it Time for Some New Classic Stories?

Madeleine Thompson | Posted 11.01.2016 | UK Parents
Madeleine Thompson

As modern books go, I haven't seen much in them that isn't okay for my children to consume. The stories are interesting (the first few times at least - they get a bit much after the twentieth recital), the rhymes are fun, the characters are pretty easy to like. And the big plus - they are much more diverse and not at all offensive/sick/macabre than the fairy tales of old.

Using Ebooks Increases Boys' Reading Progress and makes them Keener, More Confident Readers

Jonathan Douglas | Posted 09.12.2015 | UK Tech
Jonathan Douglas

If you want to get boys reading more, try an ebook. This was the surprise finding from our study which revealed that ebooks made boys better, keener a...

National Mission: Improving Literacy

Carey Ann Dodah | Posted 02.12.2015 | UK
Carey Ann Dodah

So, alongside this initiative let's keep driving reading every day. It doesn't matter who's doing the reading - parent or child - ideally both - let's make it happen. And if you have an hour to spare let's get more and more adults sharing their love of reading with children at their local school - every interaction will help.

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.