An inspirational collection of stories and poems chosen specifically to be read aloud to children.
The Reader Organisation (TRO), founded by the charismatic Jane Davis, is a national charity dedicated to bringing about a reading revolution by making it possible for people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to enjoy and engage with literature on a deep and personal level. Their 'Get Into Reading' read-aloud groups reach people who may not otherwise read, including people living in deprived areas, the mentally or chronically ill, older people living in Care Homes, prisoners, recovering addicts and excluded children. The organisation started on Merseyside but has since expanded across the UK and beyond. Angela Macmillan has worked at The Reader Organisation since its inception and runs several 'Get Into Reading' groups.
"The importance of reading aloud to children cannot be underestimated, and this anthology is designed not only to facilitate that but to help inculcate a love of books in youngsters, especially those who regard reading as uncool or too much like hard work." -- James Lovegrove The Financial Times "Absolutely impeccable anthology of short poems and prose excerpts designed for self-contained readings at bedtime. It's intended not only to entertain but to encourage children to seek out literature for themselves." -- James Lovegrove The Financial Times "Reading aloud should be a pleasurable experience for both the reader and the listener and this book will do so much to promote this. I feel sure that it will become a well-thumbed family favourite and will work brilliantly in schools and libraries too. It would also make a lovely gift. Highly recommended." -- Anne Thompson The Bookbag "This new anthology brings together a wide range of poetry and prose ideal for reading aloud with children. With a foreword by former Children's Laureate Michael Morpurgo, it incorporates a lively and diverse selection of both well-known and well-loved favourites, and less familiar material which may be new to young readers...Each piece has been selected by the Reader Organisation, a UK charity for reading and health, with the aim of capturing children's interest and imagination. Ideal for classroom use as well as bedtime reading, this is a delightfully varied and enjoyable collection." Booktrust website "As a present for anyone who can find a child to read to it is A VERY GOOD IDEA. This satisfyingly thick anthology of poems and stories contains more than 60 choices of good stuff...as an added help, a reading time is given for extracts from longer stories." Newbury Weekly News