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Children’s love of reading at all-time high, research shows

Monday, June 5th, 2017

Children’s love of reading is at an all-time high according to a survey of more than 42,000 pupils.

To mark the 20th anniversary of the National Literacy Trust’s (NLT) Young Readers Programme – the first national initiative of its kind – the charity has published data showing that more than three quarters of primary school children (77.6%) enjoy reading, the highest ever recorded by the NLT. It also showed that 10-year-olds who enjoy books have a reading age 1.3 years higher than their peers who do not, rising to 2.1 years for 12-year-olds and 3.3 years for children aged 14.

The NLT will also publish on its website ’20 Years of Children’s Choices’ which celebrates the most popular books chosen over the last two decades by the children who have taken part in the project.  The first year of the programme (1997) saw Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling (Bloomsbury) top the list. Subsequent favourites included Skellig by David Almond (Hodder Children’s Books) the following year, The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson and Axel Sheffler (Macmillan Children’s Books) in 1999 with Anthony Horowitz’s Stormbreaker (Walker Books) riding high in 2000. Last year’s winner was Bake Me a Story by Nadiya Hussain and illustrated by Clair Rossiter (Hodder Children’s Books).

Liz Pichon’s The Brilliant World of Tom Gates (Scholastic) was chosen as the most inspirational children’s read of 2011. Pichon has supported the scheme for many years, delivering storytelling sessions in numerous primary schools.

She said: “I’m often contacted by parents who tell me how their kids were reluctant readers and how seeing them with their noses in a book – sometimes for the first time – makes them both happy. Helping children to find the books that they enjoy is so important, as reading should be a pleasure that will hopefully stay with them for life.”

Jonathan Douglas, director of the NLT, said: “We are thrilled that our research has found children’s enjoyment of reading to be at an all-time high. When children enjoy reading and have books of their own, they do better at school and later in life, so we must continue to do everything we can to inspire children to fall in love with reading for a lifetime.”

A recent evaluation found that, after taking part, reading enjoyment levels rose for 93% of participants and reading attainment levels rose for 92%.

In February, the NLT exposed a “literacy crisis” with  86% of constituencies (a total of 458 out of 533) contain at least one ward with literacy issues.

For more information, visit literacytrust.org.uk or read the full report here.

Children’s Book Festival News for July

Tuesday, July 12th, 2016

Camp Bestival – 28 – 31 July

Hoo’s Kids Book Fest Wednesday 31 August

Edinburgh Book Festival

13-29 August

Read on for more info about all the events

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CAMP BESTIVAL’S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY AT THE LITERARY INSTITUTE

28-31 July at Lulworth Castle

 

SPOKEN WORD, QUIZZES, TALKS & MORE:

THE EAGLE WHO DARED – EDDIE THE EAGLE

ROALD DAHL’S STORIES WITH THE IMAGINATION SEEKERS

THE SCUMMY MUMMIES SHOW / LEAP – GOOD COP BAD WAR

THE SECRET MUMMIES WINE CLUB WITH SARA COX / FLASH FICTION

THE CAMP BESTIVAL SPACE POP QUIZ WITH JOHN HARRIS

LIGHTING THE CAMPFIRE: WITH CAMPFIRE CONVENTION

HOW TO:

TRAVEL TO SPACE / BRING OUT YOUR INNER ALIEN

EMBRACE YOUR INNER GEEK GIRL / CREATE A CHILDREN’S BOOK IN A DAY

HAVE A BEGINNER’S ADVENTURE ON YOUR DOORSTEP / CREATE CURED FOOD MAGIC

SPICE YOURSELF SLIM / GET KIDS (AND DADS) OFF SUGAR / HAVE A HAPPIER HOUSEHOLD /

MAKE PEOPLE SPLIT THEIR SIDES & LAUGH THEIR HEADS OFF / READ RIVERS /

EXPLORE THE LAST UNTOUCHED PLACES ON THE PLANET / MAKE CAMP BESTIVAL

THE SATIN LIZARD LOUNGE CURATED BY SCROOBIUS PIP:

CHRIS REDMOND / HOLLIE MCNISH / CECILLIA KNAPP / JODI ANN BICKLEY / MARK GRIST / JESS GREEN / RAYMOND ANTROBUS / ROB AUTON / JOE HOWELL

PLUS: ROUNDHOUSE POETRY COLLECTIVE / JACK ROOKE COMPERE

Stepping out of the airlock and into the unknown, The Literary Institute is Spacecamp Lulworth’s epicentre of intergalactic genius. An astronomical oasis of enlightenment. Don’t miss out on the Literary Institute’s cultivated delights when Camp Bestival heads into Outer Space this July 28-31 at Lulworth Castle.

Our learned leader Rob da Bank says: “The Literary institute is a one of the most amazing things at Camp Bestival. Giving the grown-ups a relaxing retreat while the kids have a ball, there’s tons of inspirational stuff from talks and quizzes to some of the best poets around. I always learn something new and amazing whenever I head in there and with this year’s Outer Space theme you can guarantee it’s going to be out of this world!”

Cruising a cosmos of jaw-dropping space facts and heroic ski jumps to the unquestionable delights of a delicious vino, The Literary Institute will have amazing spoken word, quizzes, talks and more, including The Eagle Who Dared with Eddie The Eagle, a mischievous storybook experience featuring Roald Dahl’s Stories with the Imagination Seekers, comedy from The Scummy Mummies Show, Leap – Good Cop Bad War, The Secret Mummies Wine Club hosted by The Scummy Mummies with guest speaker Sara Cox and wines provided by The Knackered Mother’s Wine Club, interactive story workshops from Flash Fiction, The Camp Bestival Space Pop Quiz with John Harris and Lighting The Campfire: Sparks For The Future Of Social Networking With Campfire Convention.

Sharing esoteric and hard to find knowledge has made our How To sessions some of the Literary Institutes’ most popular attractions. This year’s insights include How To Travel to Space with Stephen Attenborough from Virgin Galactic, Bring Out Your Inner Alien with Claire Freedman, Embrace Your Inner Geek Girl with Holly Smale, Create A Children’s Book in a Day with Sam Curry, Have A Beginner’s Adventure On Your Doorstep with Andy Torbet, Create Cured Food Magic with Steven Lamb, Spice Yourself Slim with Kalpna Woolf, Get Kids (And Dads) Off Sugar with Beverley Glock, Have A Happier Household with Gavin Presman, Make People Split Their Sides and Laugh Their Heads Off with Tiernan Douieb, Read Rivers with Kevin Parr, Explore The Last Untouched Places On The Planet with Monty Hall and How To Make Camp Bestival!

And, as ever, we will have some of the very finest spoken word artists around at The Satin Lizard Lounge Curated by Scroobius Pip, including Chris Redmond, Hollie McNish, Cecillia Knapp, Jodi Ann Bickley, Mark Grist, Jess Green, Raymond Antrobus, Rob Auton, and Joe Howell. And we’ll also have performances from the incredible Roundhouse Poetry Collective, with compere Jack Rooke.

Summer is coming and tickets are flying. Don’t miss out. And keep on checking the website www.campbestival.net

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EDINBURGH BOOK FESTIVAL 13-29 August

 

This year the Baillie Gifford Children and Young People’s programme of the Edinburgh International Book Festival will question whether age-related classifications are inhibiting the way people read and perceive certain genres of fiction and authors.

Janet Smyth, Director of the Book Festival’s Children’s programme, comments: “YA author Frances Hardinge won the Costa Book of the Year with her novel The Lie Tree which was published as Young Adult fiction but clearly of a quality to stand alongside any great adult novelist. I do worry that YA fiction, the major publishing creation of the last decade, means many readers will never experience some wonderful writing. Some of the bravest, boldest and darkest fiction is currently being created but it is often too readily overlooked. If Salinger had been writing Catcher in the Rye today it would have been classified as YA.”

Young Adult sales have soared, outselling adult fiction 25:1 in recent years and in 2016 the Book Festival will welcome many leading YA authors including Anne Cassidy, Simon Mayo, John Boyne, transgender author Juno Dawson, Alaskan author Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock and Cat Clarke.

On Monday 22 August the development and future of Young Adult fiction will be argued in the Great YA Debate between Anthony McGowan and Elizabeth Wein chaired by Daniel Hahn, and involving a wider audience that will include authors Annabel Pitcher, Christopher Edge, Jenny Downham and Patrice Lawrence.

Well known for their adult books, PS I Love You and Shopaholic, Cecelia Ahern and Sophie Kinsella will be presenting their first children’s books Flawed and Finding Audrey. Julia Donaldson is back with three new books across four events, including one with the Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler. Famed for The Tiger Who Came to Tea and the Mog series Judith Kerr presents her first new novel in 37 years, Mister Cleghorn’s Seal.

Illustration is a major part of children’s publishing and features widely in the Baillie Gifford Children’s Programme. Alex T Smith is the 2016 illustrator in residence, presenting his many characters through fun workshops, Big Draws and interviews. Jim Kay presents the first look at the illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone while French graphic novelist Barroux returns to Charlotte Square Gardens and joins Chris Haughton and Emer Stamp in an event highlighting creative practices and techniques for illustrators.

Young children’s favourite David Melling’s Hugless Douglas questions if food can be yummy without honey in his new book Hugless Douglas and the Great Cake Bake. Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell has been invited to present The Siobhan Dowd Trust Memorial Lecture concentrating on the importance of giving all children access to books.   Riddell will also bring his own characters to life, encouraging his audience to ask questions that he will draw answers to live in front of his audience.

Big Draw events have been so popular in recent years that they’ve been increased by 100 percent across the whole programme. The free events in the Baillie Gifford Storybox are a chance for all children to get involved in a major artwork led by an author/illustrator in a community atmosphere where all abilities are encouraged.  Author/illustrators hosting Big Draws in 2016 include Debi Gliori, Matt Spink, Hrefna Bragadottir and husband and wife team, Ana and Thiago de Moraes.

2016 is also the year of big birthdays for many treasured children’s characters. Throughout the Festival there will be parties and events celebrating Paddington Bear turning 60, The Broons and Oor Wullie at 80 and Winnie-the-Pooh reaching 90 and reciting a poem to the Queen.  Other key anniversaries include 100 years since the birth of Roald Dahl, Beatrix Potter at 150 and 400 years since the death of Shakespeare.

Word wizards Sara-Jane Arbury and Fiona Ross reveal the wondercrump of Roald Dahl’s vocabulary in their Oxford Roald Dahl Dictionary, gloriumptious gobblefunk! The ‘Dick and Dom’ of Australian children’s TV, The Listies, present their disgusting dictionary of revolting worlds, scribbles and poo-etry in Ickypedia.

The Baillie Gifford’s Children’s Programme is an integral part of the world’s leading Book Festival, and this year a new world record will be attempted in Charlotte Square Gardens as authors Craig Glenday and Stephen Daultry present the latest edition of Guinness World Records 2017.

For further information and to book tickets visit: www.edbookfest.co.uk

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HOO’S KIDS BOOK FEST Wednesday 31 August – Luton Hoo Walled Garden, LU1 4LF

 

Books, bears, history and magic in the Walled Garden in August

‘Exit, pursued by a bear’ is a well-known Shakespearian stage direction which we hope won’t be needed for the Hoo’s Kids Book Fest Summer Day on Wednesday August 31st from 10.30 a.m -15.30 pm in the Luton Hoo Estate Walled Garden!

David Litchfield will be reading from his book “The Bear and the Piano” while children can make masks and join his Bear Band to sing favourite bear songs!  Humorous horror stories with Guy Bass from his Stitch Head books can be heard, Nigel Baines, will be drawing live and Lou Treleaven will show you how to make a crazy car!

This popular festival will also feature a two-metre long view of British history by Christopher Lloyd and if you bring a hat you can help Professor Pango Mango create poems in the Poetry Cart.

A celebratory crown with cut paper artist, Vanessa Stone can be made and illustrator, Livi Gosling, will be creating a fantasy walled garden.  Take a tour of the actual historic walled garden designed by Capability Brown where some plants and produce including Luton Hoo honey can be taken home.

Chorleywood Bookshop will be selling books with authors signing them.

Tickets available from 1 July at lutonhooestate.co.uk/events where you can find full details of the Festival events.

Watch out for exciting updates for our 2016 Festival at www.lutonhooestate.co.uk and by following us @hoosbookfest , Facebook, Pinterest

Lovereading4kids Christmas update

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

Today (19 Nov) is the 323nd day of 2014. If your kids are good at Maths, ask them how many days that leaves until Christmas … … … The answer’s 36. Sounds a lot, but your maths-savvy kids will tell you that’s only just over 5 weeks! Hardly any time at all so why not, while you check out our lovingly worked out Christmas Bookshelf, buy yourself some time … and them a gift they’ll love forever.

Christmassy Gift Ideas

It is this time of year when it’s fun to enjoy some books to get everyone well and truly into a festive mood. You will find a selection of our favourite festive titles on the shelf below…. irresistible.

Win, Win … November Free Prize Draws

This month’s smash ‘n’ grabs include a complete set of Winnie the Pooh adventures (worth a whopping £100) and 1 of 3 glorious, Groobie packed goody bags to celebrate the attest Q Pootle 5 adventure Groobie’s Spacewash by Nick Butterworth. Click here to lie your truck. We mean “try your luck”. And don’t forget all the amazing, desirable, valuable and rare signed 1st Editions on offer in our special Christmas Prize Draws…

Having a Classic Christmas?

macmillan-classics_250With Christmas gift ideas hovering in your subconscious, we want to remind you of our special section dedicated to Classic Books for Children. The Macmillan Classics are beautifully produced hardback editions of some of the best-loved stories from the past. But there’s also Classic Greek Myths (8+ by Sally Pomme Clayton), Tales from Grimm (5+ by Antonia Barber), or the wonderful re-working of Wind in The Willows, The Adventures of Mr Toad (5+ by Tom Moorhouse), to mention just three. Whatever you choose, these books make long-loved and lasting gifts.

Storytime – a magazine for budding bookworms and story lovers

Storytime is a new, illustrated, monthly story magazine for kids, filled with classic stories, poems, fairy tales, myths, and much more. Exclusively for Lovereading4kids members, we have negotiated a half price introductory offer, giving 4 issues of Storytime for just £8 – Click here for more details as well as the chance to win a set of 3 classic children’s books.

One World, Many Voices – Culturally Diverse Children’s Books

Books should fully reflect the diverse society we live in and to this end Seven Stories, the National Centre for Children’s Books, has given its support to the Diverse Voices List which features 50 books published since the 1950s for kids of all ages that best represent cultural diversity. It’s a diverse collection for a diverse universe! and they are on website now.

When you Wishaw ‘pon a Star – Watch out for Paddington

It’s all change in the run up to the release of the epic Paddington movie on 28 Nov. The brilliant Ben Wishaw stepped in to voice the marmalade-loving bear from Peru after Colin Firth dropped out. Our special Paddington Section has no drop-outs and pure star quality, as we celebrate everything about the World’s favourite lost bear.

Something worth Tolkien About

With the final instalment of the film epic of Tolkien’s diminutive hero adventure tales due on 17 December, take a look at the 2015 Hobbit Annual together with the Movie Story books. Fascinating for any kids who love the films and great gift ideas… and of course, what could be better than the original books? Click here for more…

A very special book with an incredibly important message

It’s a 2 in 1 picture book called Malala, a Brave Girl from Pakistan/Iqbal, a Brave Boy from Pakistan. Published to coincide with the Nobel Peace Prize 2014, which has been awarded jointly to Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai “for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education.” We all know the story of Malala, whose bravery transcended her youth, but this picture book is perfect for sharing with children who may well not yet know her story and that of Iqbal. The stories of both children are brought vividly to life and cleverly interconnected in a centre spread in this inspirational picture book by acclaimed author/illustrator Jeanette Winter.

So that’s what November looks like at Lovereading4kids. Keep your ears peeled for the sound of sleigh bells and browse Lovereading4kids for the best book recommendations.. Happy Reading!

P.S. What was your favourite Children’s book of 2014?? Well we have asked our 500 strong kids reader review panel to let us know theirs and now you all have the chance to vote. Look out for the poll on the right hand side of pages on the website especially the Home Page.

P.P.S. Just announced The Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize 2014 chaired by our very own expert reviewer, Julia Eccleshare who is also the Children’s Books Editor of the Guardian. The award went to The Dark Wild by Piers Torday – an adventure boldly imagined and brilliantly executed: full of suspense without ever sacrificing warmth and wit. Read it today.


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