31 Aug 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...

25 Jul 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...

9 Jul 2019

 This year's Schoolreaders Book Club Quiz has been won by Solihull U3A Booklovers Group - congratulations to them!  The 13-strong team answered questions on literary sleuths, children's books and classic authors' pets, and clinched the winning slot with their limerick:

There once was a volunteer reader

Who realised children would need her.

Now reading’s a breeze

Books tackled with ease

Thanks to this literary leader.

The team n...

9 Jul 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...

2 May 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...

10 Mar 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...

8 Mar 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...

7 Mar 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...

5 Mar 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...

17 Jan 2019

We're growing incredibly fast and have just moved into new offices with enough space for several staff members, plus fantastic facilities for our meetings - not to mention a rather amazing cafe.  During our early days in 2013 and 2014 meetings were held around various kitchen tables and everybody involved with Schoolreaders was a volunteer, but the growing successes and scope of the scheme have meant that we have gradually tak...

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