New figures reveal shocking literacy trend

New figures reveal shocking literacy trend

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. 

According to the results, the 10 worst places for literacy in young people are:

1)      Brighton (13%)

2)      Norwich (12.9%) (Britain’s UNESCO City of Literature)

New app developed to accelerate early-years literacy

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).

Children learn by watching a video that demonstrates how to say the written sounds through video, in either British or American English, with learning consolidated through the in-app formative assessment. 

The sky's the limit for children literacy project

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. 

In a project called ‘The World Is In Our Hands’ schools in the UK can purchase these workshops and receive their own signed copy of Alison’s book, which is one of the resources provided. For every Dreams Workshop purchased, Alison donates another workshop to a school in another country.

Leeds City College tutor wins publishing contract

 publishing contract

A Leeds City College tutor has won a second publishing contract to create a series of comic books for low level reading.

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) tutor, Jennie Cole, was awarded the contract by Gatehouse Books, who specialise in literacy, numeracy and ESOL reading material. She created the books after seeing a gap in the market for adult foundation reading material.

The contract follows Jennie’s initial comic book series that was launched two years ago. The collection follows characters Liz and Joe who are involved in everyday activities that the reader will be familiar with. 

The digital age: reshaping the future of reading for kids

David Salariya, The Salariya Book Company


Reassuringly, despite what was said a few years ago when children's publishers were beginning nervously to address the prospect of a digital revolution, books have taken on a newfound novelty for young readers, offering a tactile respite from the screens through which many of us now lead our lives. Nevertheless, the advent of digital should be seen as a fantastic opportunity to reach out to both target audiences and reluctant readers who might otherwise slip through the cracks. 

To this end, we're now looking to build a multifaceted multimedia property out of our existing back catalogue and company identity. 

Pets As Therapy dog Doug

Doug In School Uniform

Do you know a child who appears reluctant to read and lacks confidence in their literacy skills? Do they become nervous or stressed when reading to others in a group? If so, then perhaps you should consider inviting a therapy dog to your school.

One such dog who enjoys spending time with school children is Doug, a six-year-old pug who is a Pets As Therapy (PAT) behaviourally assessed dog. Every week Doug, along with his owner and PAT volunteer Cate Archer, visits a junior school and infant school in Buckinghamshire, and encourages young boys and girls to read and communicate in a relaxed and non-judgemental environment.

A new chapter for school libraries

New Chapter for School Libraries with Children

Since the dawn of education, scribes have been creating educational resources by means of the written word, which have transformed into the creation of printed paperback and hardback books as time has progressed. Teachers and students have always used books for learning and as resources in class. However, they are becoming increasingly underused and underappreciated in education, with a survey by the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) revealing that over a fifth of school staff said their school library budget has been cut by at least 40 per cent since 2010. Furthermore, 21 per cent stated that the budget does not allow their library to encourage pupils to read for enjoyment.