Welcome to Reading Lives, a conversation about reading and our initiative to find out what’s happening to children’s reading in family life. Join us here and on twitter to discuss what it takes to inspire children to read, today and in the future. @EgmontUK #ReadingLives

How do you make reading exciting? Just listen.

Gillian Laskier

February 21st 2013 by Gillian Laskier

I was privileged to take part in a paired reading scheme at a local school organised by Egmont recently. I had forgotten the joy and frustration  of  being a six-year-old – my own children having passed that particular milestone a decade or more ago and enjoying a whole raft of other joys and frustrations. At […]

Reports of the death of print are greatly exaggerated

Cally Poplak

February 19th 2013 by Cally Poplak

I’m a children’s book publisher, and until this century, I’ve used a piece of technology called the book to deliver authors’ stories to their readers. And, because it’s a very good technology, the printed book has served authors and publishers extremely well for over 500 years. However, as a children’s specialist, I’m passionate about turning […]

Less is more

Melissa Fairley

February 7th 2013 by Melissa Fairley

I’d like to share some of my favourite films with you: One Man Band Partly Cloudy For the Birds And what do they all have in common? They’re Shorts. Yes, these little gems all appeared before a Pixar main feature: each tells a simple story with rounded-out characters and none of them last longer than […]

Move Over Ant and Dec – it’s Ant and Bee for Me

Alison David

February 5th 2013 by Alison David

This week, two of my childhood friends came back to our bookshops for the first time in over 20 years – Ant and Bee. I’ll be honest; I had a lump in my throat because the Ant in a bowler hat and the umbrella-toting Bee taught me how to read and they  were the very […]