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The Readingmate blog is your go-to place for the latest articles. Discover helpful tips and practical advice to encourage and inspire budding readers.

The Readingmate blog is stuffed full of interesting articles, seasonal activities, reading hacks and more. Because we want to empower you, by supporting you to help your child succeed on their reading journey! It’s also a great place to find out more about the Readingmate app.

And, because the Readingmate blog is written by our co-founder, Hannah, you’ll get insight from a real teacher to help unlock your child’s potential. Let’s help your child to fall in love with reading, together.

10 easy and exciting ways to improve your child’s language skills.

With the majority of the country’s children having spent the best part of the year at home, they’ve not had the opportunity…

5 surprising ways Shakespeare has influenced our every-day lives….

23rd April marks Shakespeare’s birthday (and the day he died awkwardly enough). I would be a terrible English teacher if I didn’t…

6 surprising ways the pandemic has changed us.

One undeniable fact about the last year or so is that it’s been rough. Rough on us all. In very different ways…

What autism can teach us about ourselves and 6 brilliant books that showcase it.

With World Autism Awareness Month (2 April – 30 April) among us, it got me thinking about all of the brilliant students…

Why play is so important and 5 ways it can make your child a better reader…

The Easter holidays are my favourite. Controversial statement, I know. But it’s two glorious weeks without any rigid plans, chocolate in abundance…

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How English lessons today are killing your child’s love of books and 5 ways you can stop it!

Calling all teachers, this is not an attack on you, I promise! Teachers are wonderful creatures. It’s got to be the only…

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How audiobooks can secretly help your child to read, why we shouldn’t be ashamed to use them and 5 excellent recommendations!

In discussions with parents, I’ve come to understand audiobooks as a bit of a marmite topic. Some have them couldn’t live without…

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A letter to our mums and 5 of the best mothers from children’s books that your kids will love too…

Mothers are extraordinary people and every single one of them should be celebrated on this day and every day. Here’s my letter…

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10 wonderful and stress-free ways to get your children excited about World Book Day (4th March) at home.

It’s that time of year again. Parents everywhere scour their children’s wardrobes and dressing up boxes to desperately put together a book-themed…

Blissful and inexpensive tips to maintain self-care in lockdown and 5 brilliant kid’s books to help them too.

I don’t know about you, but I am increasingly finding myself blurring the lines between ‘outdoor’ attire and ‘bedroom’ attire. I’m finding…

4 surprising reasons every child should love to read

Valentine’s Day is one of those holidays that can leave us feeling empty and alone or warm and fuzzy. There’s definitely been…

8 amazing books I’d love every child to read.

As an English teacher you get very used to answering the question, ‘what’s your favourite book?’ I’ve always struggled to come up…

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