September 11, 2019

Trying to support the reading of a dyslexic child can be daunting - and sometimes even stressful - but help is out there.  Publishers Barrington Stoke specialise in producing books which will appeal to children who are either dyslexic or who are simply very reluctant readers. 

Parents, carers and teachers who have struggled to find suitable books in the past will heave a sigh of relief when they visit Barrin...

August 31, 2019

There are now so many ways for a parent or carer to fulfil this request; pick up a picture book or cartoon book, play an audiobook or an on-screen animation - you can even ask Alexa. Most children will enjoy access to stories from all these sources at some point, but what's really best?  A Canadian study published in 2018 gives an insight into what goes on in a child's brain in each of these different scenarios and lead author...

July 25, 2019

If you haven't come across Mariella Frostrup's brilliant Radio 4 programme 'Bringing up Britain', it's well worth visiting BBC Sounds to listen to some past episodes.  The show, which examines some of the knotty issues about raising a child in today's world, is just completing its 12th series and has been broadcast since 2008.  Frostrup, helped by panellists from the world of education, health and academia, addresses issues li...

July 9, 2019

Many studies over the years have indicated that socio-economic conditions have a strong bearing on a child's level of attainment at school.   But this isn't the whole story.  A 2013 study by academics at the University of London Institute of Education shows the importance of reading for pleasure, and demonstrates the way that a positive reading culture - at home and at school - can influence progress in learning vocabulary, sp...

May 2, 2019


The British Library's new exhibition 'Writing: Making Your Mark' celebrates the act of writing and will provide anyone involved in Schoolreaders with a fascinating and thought-provoking experience.  The extraordinary story behind one of humankind’s greatest achievements is examined through more than 100 objects spanning 5,000 years and seven continents.

The exhibition follows the evolution of writing from a...

March 23, 2019

Waterstone's today announced the winner of its Children's Book Prize for 2019.  And the winner is..... 'The Boy at the Back of the Class' by Onjali Q. Raúf.   Waterstones describes the book as 'Bursting with charm, humour and compassion.... The Boy at the Back of the Class is a moving story about friendship and showing kindness to those around us. Upon learning that the new boy in their class is a refugee, a group of children...

March 10, 2019

So said radio host Nick Coffer describing the light bulb moment when children begin to read fluently.  On Friday Schoolreaders volunteer Mavis Nicholson and founder Jane Whitbread were interviewed on Nick's show on BBC 3 Counties Radio.  Nick is himself a School Governor and father of three children and is extremely positive about Schoolreaders.  He discussed what it's like to be a Schoolreader with Mavis, a retired Credit Man...

March 8, 2019

If you've been anywhere near a primary school, a newspaper or a radio in the last 24 hours, you'll know that yesterday was World Book Day.  This huge international celebration of reading is best known for its campaigns aimed at getting young people to read - but it's stated objective is actually to get all generations enjoying literature.  So, why not break out of your literary 'comfort zone' and try reading something you migh...

March 7, 2019

As many of our amazing volunteers will know, there's high excitement in primary schools all over the country today as pupils dress up as their favourite book character to celebrate World Book Day.  But the event is about much more than an opportunity to wear mufti to school.  WBD is on a mission to give every child and young person a book of their own. It’s also a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and (most important...

March 5, 2019

The Schoolreaders team had a busy time at last week's Oxfordshire Headteachers Conference in Stratford-upon-Avon.  As well as establishing contacts with lots of new schools and spreading the word about Schoolreaders to many more teachers and education professionals, we had the chance to meet the wonderful Floella Benjamin.  Brimming with energy and enthusiasm, Baroness Benjamin OBE DL, gave a great keynote speech and we talked...

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