What Kids Are Reading is an independent study written by Professor Keith Topping, Professor of Education and Social Research (School of Education, University of Dundee), and published annually by Renaissance Learning.
As part of the What Kids Are Reading report, Renaissance Learning have compiled all the data taken from the schools which participate in their Accelerated Reader scheme. Within this you can see which books the children have voted for as their favourites. They have the option to rate the books in four ways: ‘One of the best books I have ever read’; ‘A very good book’; ‘An OK book’ and ‘Not a good book’. These were then used to create an ‘average book rating’. more “What Kids Are Reading 2016”…
Today sees the release of the Carnegie shortlist for 2016. Awards are always cause for discussion: everyone has their favourite that “has to win”, and Carnegie is no stranger to a bit of online debate. 2014’s winner, Bunker Diary, which led a reviewer from The Telegraph to ask “Why wish this book on a child?”, caused the biggest debate since Melvin Burgess won in 1996 with his novel Junk. more “Carnegie Shortlists In Review”…
This week marks the 20th anniversary of David Foster Wallace’s critically-lauded 1996 novel Infinite Jest, a satirical exploration into hyper-consumerism and addiction in near-future dystopian North America. It was a follow-up to his highly-praised debut The Broom of the System.
The image on the right is probably the sort of thing that springs to mind when someone talks about storytelling. Most of us can remember sitting in a circle around our teacher while they read the next installment of a classic story.
By now you’ve probably braved some shops and started making the dreaded last minute food shopping list for Christmas. You deserve a rest, so we’ve put together a list of our top 5 Christmas books that you can get out of the cupboard every year and pore over to forget the stress.
We are often reminded that we live in a digital age. A free app on a smartphone can direct us to the best restaurants, dating websites to meet potential life partners, on-demand streaming services give us instant access to an entire television series at the click of a button – even one-touch coffee machines make better flat whites than a high-street barista. But whilst it’s hard to imagine a world without these comforts, they come to reveal just how binary we now are with the internet.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is an enduring classic which has captivated both young and old audiences for several decades. In fact, this November marks the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s beloved fiction; so to celebrate this notable occasion, we present 5 things you probably didn’t know about both the book and its author: