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6 Great Books for Older Siblings

The addition of a new baby is an exciting experience for a family. But for the child who becomes an older sibling, the event might be as bewildering as it is thrilling. Who is this new person? How do I fit into the picture now? Will this baby replace me? These are just some of the things your older child may be wondering. Luckily, there are a lot of books.

5 Kids’ Books On Showing Thankfulness & Being Grateful

Fall is a season of abundance and harvest, punctuated by the Thanksgiving holiday, when families and friends gather to celebrate traditions and share a meal that commemorates the famous harvest festival of 1621. As we teach and describe Thanksgiving to young readers, most often, the adjectives thankful and grateful are used as beacons of importance. However, the lessons of thankfulness and gratitude extends beyond Thanksgiving and in addition to the.

‘Dreams of Freedom’

‘Dreams of Freedom’

‘Dreams of Freedom is a feast of visual stories – brave words and beautiful pictures, woven together to inspire young readers to stand up for others and make a difference.’ – Michael Morpurgo (From the powerful forward to the book) Following on from the story of the children’s manifesto at Imagine Children’s Festival last week it seemed to be a natural next step on this blog journey to talk about.

Top 10 Read for My School books

Top 10 Read for My School books

The FREE Read for My School programme has over 100 online books for participating school pupils (Years 3-8) to read. There are classic tales from the likes of Roald Dahl and Terry Pratchett as well as newer books from authors such as Tom Palmer and Lauren Child. Schools must register for 2015’s Read for My School in order to access the free online books and resources. The competition closes 10.

Pippa Goodhart on ‘A Dog Called Flow’

Pippa Goodhart on ‘A Dog Called Flow’

A Dog Called Flow was my first ever publication. More than 90 books and 20 years later, why is this particular story still in print? It was first published by Mammoth (now Egmont), then Barn Owl, and this newly updated edition is coming from Troika Books. What is the secret of this story’s endurance? One reason is the interest it has generated because the main character, Oliver, is dyslexic, and.

Reading Harry Potter fosters empathy? Find out more in our second research roundup

Reading Harry Potter fosters empathy? Find out more in our second research roundup

Here is our second roundup of reading-related research from 2014. Reading Harry Potter fosters empathy and aids socio-emotional learning Reading Harry Potter improves attitudes to stigmatised groups such as immigrants, homosexuals and refugees amongst readers who identify with the main positive character (Harry), or readers who dis-identify with the main negative character (Voldemort), through perspective taking. With younger groups (who may find it difficult to comprehend the meaning of complex.