Poems can be secret weapons, claims new book
Can poems change the world? Today is National Poetry Day, and according to a new book poems can improve our health. Some think poetry is even powerful enough to cause political change.
Celebrations begin for Moomintroll and Groke
This year marks one hundred years since the birth of Tove Jansson, the Finnish children’s author who created the fantastical, hippo-like creatures. Why are they still so popular today?
Startup creates superhuman speed reading app
A tech company claims its new app will quadruple average reading speeds to an incredible 1,000 words per minute. But does speed reading come at the price of deeper understanding – and fun?
Literacy skills falling short in UK schools
Britain’s young people are not making the grade in literacy, according to the Chief Inspector of Schools. Reading and writing are essential to success. What can we do to solve this crisis?
The book is dead. Long live the Xbox!
Literacy rates are low and one in three children in the UK does not even own a book, a new survey has revealed. Are we witnessing the end of traditional reading?
Confident boys have the gift of the gab
More boys than girls feel confident expressing their views at school and in social situations, a survey of eight to 16-year-olds in the UK has found. Will this help in the jobs market?