To inspire a love of reading, because reading is
the gateway to learning.

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!

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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 I…

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…

Easy ways to make reading with your child tantalising and stimulating.

Teachers take for granted reading stories to children. I don’t mean the activity itself but the skill of reading a text aloud….

Wonderful ways the outdoors can benefit your child’s education

With the weather being increasingly more kind to us, we’re all spending a little more time outside. How much better do you…

5 reasons your child should be reading more non-fiction

When it comes to reading, fiction has always been my go-to. I need to escape from the craziness of today and forget…

How reading for meaning could unlock your child’s reading potential.

When you settle down with your little ones for a story, I doubt you’re monitoring how much they’re understanding the text’s structure…

The power of poetry: How poetry can shape your child as a reader

Poetry books were never at the top of my reading pile as a child or young adult. It wasn’t until I began…

Surprising strength of numbers (especially when it comes to reading).

Books are friends hoping to be met, worlds ready to be explored and mysteries waiting to be solved. It’s these attributes that…

Book review of, ‘The Twisted Threads of Polly Freeman’ by Pippa Goodhart

In The Twisted Threads of Polly Freeman, Pippa Goodhart accomplishes a feat I’d thought impossible: she writes a historical novel with no horror or…

The books that shaped me and 6 brilliant books to share with your children.

It’s no secret that We’re Going on a Bear Hunt holds a very big and special place in my heart. This book, along with…

Is spelling really that important?

I am not naturally good at spelling. In fact, I rely heavily on writing words down, sounding out phonics or even asking…