UK Reading

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)...

Mum Learns Why You Should Never Stop Reading Before Your Baby Is Ready

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 15.11.2016 | UK Parents

There’s nothing like reading a bedtime story with your baby to wind down after a long day, but why do they always pick the longest one on the shelf?...

Government Responds To Children's Laureate's Call For 'Every School To Have A Library Its Proud Of'

The Huffington Post | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 14.11.2016 | UK Parents

Children’s laureate Chris Riddell, has been praised for calling on the government to investigate the closure of school libraries. Riddell wrote an o...

What Does It Mean To #LovetoRead In Sub-Saharan Africa?

Alison Hubert | Posted 07.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Alison Hubert

Books are a critical tool in the fight for development across Africa as they are a tool for giving disadvantaged children here in the UK a leg up, but their practical value does not diminish their almost magical power to transport us to another place and the joy they provide.

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 31.03.2017 | 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.