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Don't Tell Me Boys Can't Read As Well!

Kerry Gibb | Posted 01.11.2016 | UK Parents
Kerry Gibb

Last week my son called me over to the computer to show me a headline that had flashed up, implying that boys were failing at reading. He looked at me incredulously and said "this is such a load of rubbish. I love reading!"

Why Are All Of The Premier League's New Strikers Falling Flat On Their Faces?

Chris Deeley | Posted 27.10.2016 | UK Sport
Chris Deeley

It's been the best part of two months since the summer transfer window closed and - frankly - it's the middle of the week and there's not much else to take away from the ​latest swathe of EFL Cup games.

Children Get Discounted Haircuts If They Read A Book Out Loud

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 13.10.2016 | UK Parents

When children head to Fuller Cut barber shop, their parents can get a discount simply by reading a book out loud to their hairdresser. Ryan Griffin, w...

Why We Must Make Time For Reading

Dr Clare Owen | Posted 07.10.2016 | UK Parents
Dr Clare Owen

This is then a reminder, a wake-up call, to (head) teachers and parents. We need to prioritise reading. We need to make time and create environments in which young people chose to read. If we wish to encourage them to read for pleasure, we must be the readers we wish our children to be.

Test Your Knowledge With Our Literary Quiz On National Poetry Day

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 06.10.2016 | UK

National Poetry Day kicked off on Thursday with the Prince of Wales reading a poem by Seamus Heaney. Prince Charles read the late poet’s The Shippin...

Discover 10 New Authors of Colour

Ann Girdharry | Posted 03.10.2016 | UK Entertainment
Ann Girdharry

I reviewed this book over on Goodreads and, wow, was I impressed. Smita's writing style is wonderful. I hunted her down to ask if she would kick off this 'Discover...' series for me and was delighted when she agreed. Read on to find out more.

Could Six Minutes Of This Help Send You To Sleep?

The Huffington Post | Georgia James | Posted 15.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Between the lure of high-octane Netflix dramas and the beckoning of bleeping smartphones, it can be all too easy to forget about the simple pleasure o...

8 Reasons Why Reading With Your Child Is The Best Part Of The Day

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 06.09.2016 | UK Parents

Reading with your child might seem like a luxury when we all have busy lives, hectic work schedules and just want to get them into bed. But for many p...

Worries Mount For Majority Of Those Approaching Retirement

Ginny Lunn | Posted 05.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Ginny Lunn

Retirement should be a landmark moment in all of our lives. And it should be a cause of celebration where we look forward to extra leisure time or moments with friends and family. So it is alarming that new research - commissioned by Beanstalk - shows that the vast majority of people are worried about retirement.

13 Signs You Know You're A Book Person

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 10.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Celebrating the wonderful things that mark us out as book people, voila: 1. When You Take A Whole Suitcase On Holiday Just For Books. 2. Whe...

Forget SATs and Unwind With a Book

Diana Gerald | Posted 12.07.2016 | UK Parents
Diana Gerald

During the past two months there's been a flurry of negative reports about primary school tests, from parents keeping their children off school in protest, to headteachers considering resignation following the SATS results. Meanwhile, children are stuck in the middle and can become confused and stressed over the pressure of revision and exam results.

Women Breaks The Internet By Printing Out Facebook Comments To Read On The Subway

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 08.07.2016 | UK Tech

A commuter in New York has broken the internet after printing out comments on a Facebook post to read on her journey. Although some subway stations in...

Reading Aloud: How To Make Every Book Unputdownable

Tamsin Kelly | Posted 13.07.2016 | UK Parents

Reading aloud to your child is one of the great joys of being a parent. It’s all in the sharing your child's enjoyment of the story, seeing their im...

For People Who Want to Use Reading for Mindfulness, Our App Provides Literary Prescriptions

Mehmood Khan | Posted 02.06.2016 | UK Tech
Mehmood Khan

What are the options if mindfulness isn't for you? A simple alternative is reading fiction. Part of the growing tech-­for-­good movement, is an online bibliotherapy service offering personalised literary prescriptions to readers around the world.

Have You Ever Wondered How Different Life Would Be if You Couldn't Read?

Ginny Lunn | Posted 01.06.2016 | UK Parents
Ginny Lunn

Every week I volunteer in my local primary school as a Beanstalk trained reading helper, where I support children who find learning to read an extremely challenging experience. It's an important part of my role to instil confidence in the children that reading is something they can do.

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.