Research shows that the seemingly simple act of being read to brings remarkable health and happiness benefits. It stimulates thought and memory, encourages the sharing of ideas and feelings, hopes and fears. It enriches our lives and minds.
This unique book offers a selection of prose and poetry especially suitable for reading aloud to children. It includes extracts ranging from modern day favourites (David Almond, Frank Cottrell Boyce, Neil Gaiman) to old classics (Kipling, Dickens, E. Nesbit), and features a foreword from Michael Morpurgo. Each piece has been chosen by the Reader Organisation, whose team has unique experience in the effect and benefits of books that immediately capture children's interest and imagination.
All royalties in full will go to The Reader Organisation, the leading UK charity for reading and health.
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The importance of reading aloud to children cannot be underestimated, and this anthology is designed not only to facilitate that but to help inculcate a love of books in youngsters, especially those who regard reading as uncool or too much like hard work. - The Financial Times
Absolutely impeccable anthology of short poems and prose excerpts designed for self-contained readings at bedtime. It’s intended not only to entertain but to encourage children to seek out literature for themselves. - The Financial Times
Reading aloud should be a pleasurable experience for both the reader and the listener and this book will do so much to promote this. I feel sure that it will become a well-thumbed family favourite and will work brilliantly in schools and libraries too. It would also make a lovely gift. Highly recommended. - The Bookbag
This new anthology brings together a wide range of poetry and prose ideal for reading aloud with children. With a foreword by former Children's Laureate Michael Morpurgo, it incorporates a lively and diverse selection of both well-known and well-loved favourites, and less familiar material which may be new to young readers...Each piece has been selected by the Reader Organisation, a UK charity for reading and health, with the aim of capturing children's interest and imagination. Ideal for classroom use as well as bedtime reading, this is a delightfully varied and enjoyable collection. - Booktrust website
As a present for anyone who can find a child to read to it is A VERY GOOD IDEA. This satisfyingly thick anthology of poems and stories contains more than 60 choices of good stuff...as an added help, a reading time is given for extracts from longer stories. - Newbury Weekly News
The aim isn’t merely to entertain at bedtime but to entice children to explore the world of fiction and broaden the scope of their reading. If the book encourages even one person to discover the work of Russell Hoban, say, or Joan Aiken, or Jack London, then it will have performed a great service. But it is likely to encourage many. A splendid idea, admirably executed. - The Financial Times
Many years down the line, memories of those happy shared times in which lessons are disguised as pure enjoyment for both reader and listener will be recalled as golden days. - Newbury Weekly News
This is a wholly admirable endeavour. It's designated as being 'for children' but there is plenty there for adults to enjoy as well. This is very important. The adult reader needs to be engaged and excited to convey the pleasure to the listening child. - Armadillo
There's a huge spread of writers and the aim of such an anthology must be, in part, to spur listeners on to becoming readers. This book seems to be precisely the thing lots of parents and teachers have been needing for a long time. - Armadillo
The book has a really good mixed content, which means I could use it with year 8 and 9 readers aswell – there is something for every child. The idea of a book made for reading aloud is great, especially as in our school it’s a technique that we use for encouraging reading for pleasure. - Ark Academy, Wembley
a handy pick of pieces for that very special experience of shared enjoyment. Michael Morpurgo's foreword emphasises the importance of listening to the read word - School Librarian Journal
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The Reader Organisation (TRO), founded by the charismatic Jane Davis, is a national charity dedicated to bringing about a reading revolution by making it possible for people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to enjoy and engage with literature on a deep and personal level. Their 'Get Into Reading' read-aloud groups reach people who may not otherwise read, including people living in deprived areas, the mentally or chronically ill, older people living in Care Homes, prisoners, recovering addicts and excluded children. The organisation started on Merseyside but has since expanded across the UK and beyond. Angela Macmillan has worked at The Reader Organisation since its inception and runs several 'Get Into Reading' groups.