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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!

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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…

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…

Why is reading for pleasure important?

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…

Truths about losing a loved one and 5 ways reading helped me deal with my mum’s death.

Cancer is a bugger. 3 short years ago I lost my mum to a gruesome battle with cancer. How often do you…

6 things I wish I could tell every parent…

Whether it’s at the hairdresser or in the supermarket, if I mention I am an English teacher, the first response is ‘Ohhh!…

6 easy ways to raise your child to be a reader and amazing guilt-free snacks

Any parent would agree that having their child is the biggest achievement to date. You’re proud of your child’s very being. Every…

Secrets to tackling the January blues and exciting news!

January reminds me of the bounty chocolates in a box of celebrations. They’re the ones no one really likes. They’re the only…

Healthy breakfasts and a survival guide with homeschool teaching tips

It’s been a cosy and quiet Christmas holiday but I think we’re all now craving order and routine, aren’t we? My toolkit…

Fun, free and festive things to do with your children in the Christmas holidays.

The run up to Christmas 2020 has probably looked quite different to last year. That doesn’t mean it has to be any…

7 things to do with your kids on New Year’s Eve

Like the rest of 2020, New Year’s Eve is going to be…different. But that doesn’t mean it has to be dull. Which…