Over 600 school children across London take part in free book festival aimed at inspiring a love of reading  

Over 600 children from 16 London primary schools have taken part in a special book festival aimed at inspiring a new generation of booklovers.  

Award-winning classroom resources created by the team at The Week Junior are now available for teachers, librarians and other school staff to download for free.

The new resource bank on The Week Junior’s website for schools is designed to help teaching staff save time and money. ­

Reading 123, a distributor of reading glasses, has found that 57% of stress suffers are not aware that simply reading a book can help to dramatically reduce their stress levels. The survey was undertaken as part of a study on the health benefits of reading and involved 413 adults living in the UK and currently suffering from high stress levels.

Toy and book seller OnBuy.com took to analysing 2018 reading data from YouGov* to determine which classic books are no longer cherished, and which 21st century children’s classics may replace forgotten titles in 2018.

OnBuy found Robert Louis Stephenson’s timeless classic Treasure Island has seen the steepest decline in readership of all the books listed by 6-17-year-olds – with as little as 19% choosing to pick up the title. Overall, half of adults (49%) have read the book – including 80% of those aged over 65 and 73% of those aged 55-64.

Innovative social enterprise The Prologue is set to gift all children and schools in the UK FREE personalised stories in an altruistic attempt to drastically improve literacy.

Written by Luke Swann – the award-winning educationalist, published children’s author and director of education start-up The Prologue – The Secret Book of I is the first personalised story to be offered for free, the first to be used as an educational tool and the first to tackle lack of diversity in children's literature. 

Jacqueline Gray, the co-founder of Holistic Healing 4 Children along with Terri Allen, talks to QA Education editor Victoria Galligan about the work her team carry out with pupils and their families, as well as schools, to provide a holistic approach to empowering pupils to control their emotions. 

World Book Day is around the corner and it is a wonderful time for schoolchildren to dress up and pay homage to their favourite novels and authors.  Patrick Wenham, Headmaster at Bickley Park School, shares his thoughts on the future of books.

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2017-04-13T01:00:00

New research has unveiled the shocking truth about literacy and young children. A study undertaken by Ebookadabra in partnership with Censuswide has shown that one in 20 British parents with children between the ages of three and seven have reported that their child has never read a picture book.

That's about 200,000 children who never been exposed to a picture book. 

The study looks at individual areas around the UK and has discovered that Britain's UNESCO City of Literature, Norwich, is a particular literacy black spot, in addition to Brighton. 

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2017-01-25T00:00:00

Schools can find out more about an innovative app to accelerate early reading. 

Edtech startup Zaprendo is announcing the launch of its learn-to-read-app, Sounds English Phonetics, at this year’s technology-education show, Bett.

The app is designed to boost reading achievement and early-stage literacy by teaching pupils with a reading age of between six and nine years to utilise 92 commonly occurring grapho-phonemes (written sounds).

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2016-10-21T01:00:00

As 1,000 books make a 10,000-mile journey across the world, the founder of a children’s literacy project has announced ambitious plans to partner the UK’s schools with South Africa to give children the gift of reading. 

Alison Delaney, who founded Little Bird People Development, has put her coaching skills to a new test by creating ‘Dreams Workshops’ which aim to build confidence, self-belief and resilience in young people. 

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