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Readingmate Blog

Co-founder and esteemed SEND English teacher, Hannah Rix, releases weekly blogs on key topics of the moment, as well as the most challenging, prescient, controversial and relevant issues facing your child.

We pride ourselves on inspiring children to engage in a life-long love of books and reading!

Interview: English with Holly

For those of you who aren’t familiar with Holly, I implore you to check out her website, YouTube and Facebook. She’s the…

BookTrust’s Great Book Guide: What impact does genre have on your child’s reading choices?

Books can’t be simply labelled or placed into one category. But if you’re only interested in reading about dungeons and dragons or…

BookTrust’s Great Books Guide 2021: Reading should be as varied as your diet.

Fear not, I’m not going to start harping on about celery juice, I’ll stick to books (they’re much more appealing). Whilst browsing…

BookTrust’s Great Books Guide 2021: How do you choose the right book for your child?

Sharing stories daily with my students is one of the best parts of my day. Sadly, the National Literacy Trust points out…

What influence do teachers actually have on your child’s reading?

Sitting fresh-faced and full of optimism about inspiring the minds of the future, I had high hopes to impart my own passion…

What’s reading got to do with it?

Reading is (and always has been) an integral part of my life. Whether it’s an audiobook, eBook or a glorious hard-back, there’s…

Interview: Head of English / Secondary School Teacher

Can you describe a typical school day for the head of English?  No two days are ever really the same! Often, I’ll…

Conversation is the key to unlocking your child’s reading potential

As teachers, we’re taught that the foundation of any child’s learning starts with reading. So, from as early as possible, your child…

How to curate the perfect bookshelf for your child

If you’re looking for images of stunning interior design and a guide to create the phenomenal feng shui, I’m afraid you’re in…

6 surprising and easy ways to get your child reading

This has to be the most frequently asked question at my parent’s evenings, ‘my child hates reading, how can I get them…

Book Review: ‘EXTINCT’ by Ben Garrod

Before having the privilege of interviewing Ben, my knowledge of palaeontology went as far as ‘that’s what Ross did in Friends’. When…

Interview: Pippa Goodhart

I had the honour and privilege of interviewing Pippa after reading her newest children’s novel ‘The Twisted Threads of Polly Freeman’ (full…

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