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

Are we overlooking the real benefits of children reading?

Alison David

April 11th 2013 by Alison David

The first chapter of our new Reading Street report into children’s reading reveals that some of the key benefits of reading for pleasure in childhood are being over-looked because of a challenging set of circumstances faced by families and the way we live today. Over the past 6 months we’ve been observing the reading habits […]

Michael Grant’s dude’s guide to writing YA

Alison David

April 3rd 2013 by Alison David

  Michael Grant, the bestselling author of the Gone and BZRK series, joins us in the UK this month for the launch of Light, the thrilling final installment of the Gone series. Between them, he and his wife (Katherine Applegate) have written over 100 books so, when it comes to writing advice, he knows what […]

A job with real character

David Riley

March 26th 2013 by David Riley

“ARE YOU REAL?”asked the 4 year old boy, wide-eyed with excitement at the 5ft tall nylon sheep that had walked into his classroom for a reading of Timmy Time stories. The scene perfectly illustrates why I fell in love with children’s publishing over 30 years ago, and why I think the character book business is […]

What the FCBG really stands for

Jo Hardacre

March 21st 2013 by Jo Hardacre

Publishing is full of acronyms and the FCBG is one of them. Most people won’t have a clue what this means but for some it means a lot. The FCBG stands for the Federation of Children’s Book Groups: local groups of adults who foster a passion for children’s books. Some organise author and illustrator visits, […]

To Celebrate World Book Day: Five Hundred Reasons…

Cally Poplak

March 7th 2013 by Cally Poplak

To celebrate World Book Day, let me share the insights of Isaac Bashevis Singer, which are pinned up by my desk…   There are five hundred reasons why I began to write for children, but to save time I will mention only ten of them. Children read books, not reviews.  They don’t give a hoot about […]