Thu, 29/11/2012 - 15:48
Politicians have backed the Reading Agency's Six Book Challenge in an attempt to improve adult literacy in the UK.
Minister for Skills Matthew Hancock MP yesterday (28th November) joined writers Andy McNab and Adele Parks to lend his weight to the scheme to see the strategy double in size in the next five years.
Fri, 05/10/2012 - 08:45
An autobiographical short from Andy McNab and a Doctor Who title will be among next year’s Quick Reads books.
The six 2013 titles, which will be priced at £1 (down from £1.99 in previous years), aim to improve adult literacy, and will hit bookshops on 14th February. The number of titles has been reduced from eight to...
Mon, 25/06/2012 - 08:05
High-flying professionals are more likely to read crime and action adventure in their spare time than business and memoir books, according to a survey by the Volunteer Reading Help charity.
The charity is celebrating its annual reception at the House of Lords today (25th June) and commissioned the survey to explore the link...
Mon, 19/09/2011 - 09:25
A primary schools project that has helped thousands of struggling young pupils to read is being axed by the government, according to the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT).
The Reading Recovery Project involves daily one-to-one half hour reading sessions with pupils. According to research by London University's Institute...
Mon, 22/08/2011 - 15:18
One in six children do not read a single book per month, according to a new survey by the National Literacy Trust.
The research suggested the United Kingdom is polarised between those who do not read and the one in 10 children who read more than 10 books per month. The NLT said reading frequency has a link to reading attainment, with...
Fri, 05/08/2011 - 08:40
The government's lack of coherent support for school libraries is one of a number of factors contributing to the fall in children's literacy, according to a report by an All-Party Parliamentary Group for Education.
The report "An Inquiry into Overcoming the Barriers to Literacy" considered a number of issues that...
Mon, 18/07/2011 - 15:00
The Reading Agency director Miranda McKearney has called for the annual Summer Reading Challenge, which launches its 2011 run today (18th July), to be on every head teacher's school improvement plan.
Citing a 2009 study by the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study, McKearney said it it was a "national disgrace...
Tue, 12/07/2011 - 12:10
Orion Children's Books is supporting the London Evening Standard's literacy campaign Get London Reading with donations of Horrid Henry books.
Volunteers to the Standard-backed scheme to help schoolchildren with their reading will each receive a copy of early reader title Horrid Henry's Car Journey by author...
Fri, 08/07/2011 - 08:30
Orion Children's Books is supporting the Evening Standard Get London Reading literacy campaign, announcing plans to donate a copy of a Horrid Henry early reader book to volunteer reading mentors.
Each person who volunteers to be a reading mentor as part of the campaign up to the end of 2011, and all volunteers that are...
Thu, 23/06/2011 - 13:59
Waterstone's has pledged at least £10,000 to the Evening Standard's Get London Reading campaign.
The bookseller has agreed to donate all profits it makes tomorrow (24th June) from the sale of children's books in its 52 stores within the M25, underwritten to £10,000. Its Piccadilly branch carries a...