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The Power Of A Smile And The Positive Impact It Will Have On Your Own Happiness...

Nicola J Rowley | Posted 20.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Nicola J Rowley

Their families, friends and pets won the day for my audience of 4-7 year-olds. They then proceeded with the task they'd been set; to devise a character for their own story that would make them smile.

World Book Day 2nd March - Reading Begins In The Womb. Read To Your Bump And Beyond!

Angela Spencer | Posted 02.03.2017 | UK Parents
Angela Spencer

World Book Day, 2nd March, is the biggest celebration of its kind designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading" from worldbookday.com. For this World Book Day I want everyone to join my campaign to introduce reading where it actually begins - in the womb, and here's how to do it.

The Art Of Remembering Everything You Read - How I Encode Over 200 Books A Year

Rosie Leizrowice | Posted 01.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Rosie Leizrowice

For practical books, I try to set a plan for how I can implement it in my life. Charlie Munger also described the necessity of using what you read: 'I don't know anyone who's wise who doesn't read a lot. But that's not enough: You have to have a temperament to grab ideas and do sensible things. Most people don't grab the right ideas or don't know what to do with them.'

Tackling The Lack Of Diversity In Children's Books

Susan Daniels OBE | Posted 21.02.2017 | UK
Susan Daniels OBE

I believe characters in stories should be as diverse as the people who read them, but only a very small handful of children's books feature a deaf character. There are more than 45,000 deaf children in the UK. Most are born to hearing parents and go to mainstream schools where they may be the only deaf child, so they can feel quite isolated.

12 Best Books For Toddlers

The Huffington Post | Tamsin Kelly | Posted 20.02.2017 | UK Parents

Children are never too young to enjoy books - cuddling up and being read to, turning the pages, looking at the pictures, joining in the songs and rhym...

The Day My Novel Saved A Life

S.D. Robertson | Posted 16.02.2017 | UK Entertainment
S.D. Robertson

As an author I love hearing from my readers - but I never expected one to thank me for saving their mum's life. After my debut novel was published la...

Dad Of Reading Topshop Victim Kaden Reddick 'Hurting So Much'

The Huffington Post | Steven Hopkins | Posted 15.02.2017 | UK

The 10-year-old boy killed during an “incident involving furniture” at a Topshop retailer in Reading has been named as Kaden Reddick. The boy wa...

The Death Of A Book Salesmen: Are We Reading Less?

Tom Killeen | Posted 08.02.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Tom Killeen

Like many things, the motivation to do so has to come from within. Somewhat appropriately, the words of Oscar Wilde ring true alongside this issue; "It is what you read when you don't have to that determines what you will be when you can't help it." Allegedly, the little reading Donald Trump does do is reserved for those articles written about himself, and only himself. Wilde's words have never felt more relevant.

Beating The January Blues

LJ Ross | Posted 01.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
LJ Ross

If you are one of those people who sometimes feels overwhelmed, like me, then maybe it's about tinkering with a few minor things to boost your mood and help you through a natural slump. Here are some of the things that give me a lift whenever I catch myself feeling a bit 'meh'.

Where Hope Is Hidden For Our Children's Future

Rebecca Gurnham | Posted 31.01.2017 | UK Parents
Rebecca Gurnham

This isn't the place to recount all the terrifying new policies, or comment on the potential disastrous consequences. Instead, I want to invite you into a new world with a glimmer of hope, hidden away in your local library, or children's school.

Why I'm Grateful I Was A Loser At School

Rosie Leizrowice | Posted 30.01.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Rosie Leizrowice

Being unpopular made me tough as hell. I got used to incessant criticism, of myself and everything I did. It stopped bothering me to the same degree. When you are the class whipping girl, every aspect of your existence is a problem to someone. It taught me to pay attention to the misfits, the people on the fringe, the purple cows. After all, I was one of them. I still am.

Confessions Of A Dyslexic Mother

Lyndsey Stoner | Posted 24.01.2017 | UK Parents
Lyndsey Stoner

I had subconsciously buried this teeny tiny fact once I had finished the gravy train of education. I sat my last exam at university, which I took in a separate room to my peers, just like I had taken all of my exams. We had extra time as well as a couple of helpful ladies ready and willing to assist us more needy students. This was the last time I really gave my dyslexia any thought.

The Baby Books Everyone's Talking About And Why

Georgia James | Posted 01.02.2017 | UK Parents

It’s never too early to introduce your baby to books. At just a few weeks old they can begin to enjoy the sensory stimulation of handling the pages,...

10 Ways To Make Reading With Your Child Magical

Lisa Snell | Posted 18.01.2017 | UK Parents
Lisa Snell

As a mum who has put her own child through nursery, and as a childcare practitioner for over 15 years, I understand how busy life as a parent can be and it's not always possible to read every day with your child. However, it has been proven that children who are read to at an early age are more likely to excel with their numeracy, literacy and language skills as they get older.

Five Books That Genuinely Improved My Happiness And Mental Health

Amy Packham | Posted 21.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Amy Packham

I usually get lost in crime fiction or romantic novels that are easy to read, rather than non-fiction books that could teach me a little bit about life. But, after seeing a series of books cropping up on social media with claims they could "improve my life for the better", I took the plunge and bought some.

And Then There Were None (Review)

Luke McGrath | Posted 13.01.2017 | UK Entertainment
Luke McGrath

The second Agatha Christie novel on my list of books I want to read, And Then There Were None joins The Murder of Roger Ackroyd as one of the most fam...

Why I'm Giving Up Instagram In 2017

Cora Bauer | Posted 04.01.2017 | UK Tech
Cora Bauer

The moment I realised that I had a genuine, real life addiction is when I realised it was making me feel bad about myself. There's nothing like looking at people's #cleaneating , fitness posts, travel pictures and engagement pictures to make your whole life feel pretty inadequate.

The Murder Of Roger Ackroyd (Review)

Luke McGrath | Posted 03.01.2017 | UK Entertainment
Luke McGrath

As a Poirot and Agatha Christie fan, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd is the first novel on my to-read list that I have read before. Probably more than twi...

Books Make The Best Christmas Present

Clare Dyckhoff | Posted 12.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Clare Dyckhoff

The best gift I want to give and would love to receive, is in fact a book. Or, ya know, ten. Because when you give someone you love a book you're saying "I've thought about this, in the hope that you'll like this. I really hope you like this."

The Importance Of Literacy And Reading With And For Young Children

Georgia Byng | Posted 12.12.2016 | UK Parents
Georgia Byng

I've been writing children's books all my life. It's partly because I have a child inside me who needs entertaining, and partly because I want to help children to love reading. For I believe that a world filled with readers is a safer, happier world. Ignorance is dangerous.

An International Comparison Of How Well Children Read Shows We Still Have A Long Way To Go

Jonathan Douglas | Posted 09.12.2016 | UK
Jonathan Douglas

We face a huge literacy challenge in England which is preventing many of our children and young people from being able to thrive and lead successful lives. Gender, socio-economic background and where children live are all at the heart of our literacy challenge. Boys in England are nearly twice as likely as girls to fall behind in early language and communication; and children at all ages from the lowest income groups are likely to be less literate than their counterparts from higher income groups.

Seven Ways To Encourage A Love Of Reading In The Classroom

Mary Walton | Posted 05.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Mary Walton

Any teacher is familiar with the idea of children who don't want to read. They find the idea boring, useless, or irrelevant to them. As frustrating as it can be, there is hope. Try these seven tips out in your classroom, and show those students just how rewarding reading can be.

Unpacking My Library In 2016 - Part I

Karthick Ram Manoharan | Posted 28.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Karthick Ram Manoharan

"The fact is, for the book-collector the true freedom of all books is somewhere on his shelves." -Walter Benjamin Academics are plagued with an irre...

Youth Social Action Paves The Way For A Better Future

Ginny Lunn | Posted 22.11.2016 | UK
Ginny Lunn

Engaging young people in local social action - such as volunteering - paves the way for a better future. It enables them to make a positive difference to their local community, as well as providing them with a platform to develop new skills, gain valuable experience, and grow into confident and socially conscious adults.

Leading Charities Announce Creation Of New National Measurement Of Children's Reading To Include Reading For Pleasure

Jonathan Douglas | Posted 15.11.2016 | UK
Jonathan Douglas

When this summer's SATs results revealed a sharp decline in 11-year-olds reading at the expected level for their age (from 80% in 2015 to 66% in 2016)...