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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 19.10.2016 | 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 09.10.2016 | 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 07.10.2016 | 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 02.10.2016 | 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 21.09.2016 | 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 01.09.2016 | 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 03.09.2016 | 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 19.10.2016 | 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 19.08.2016 | 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 17.08.2016 | 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 11.08.2016 | 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 02.08.2016 | 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 ...