Monthly Archives: March 2016

Reading for Pleasure Conference, March 2016

Reading for Pleasure Conference, The Guardian Education Centre, 17/03/2016

Chaired by Julia Eccleshare, the Guardian children’s book editor, this event included talks by some high profile figures in the world of children’s books – Rob Biddulph, Simon Mayo and none other than, Jacqueline Wilson.  I was somewhat excited!  To introduce the event, the Guardian Education Centre staff spoke briefly about their various roles in empowering reading communities, in particular through their Guardian Children’s Book website – which had 800,000 views on World Book Day.  They also have a teacher’s network which some of those present were aware of, and which looks incredibly useful in terms of teaching resources and ideas. For anyone working in schools, anything that can help inspire staff and students is worth looking at – especially when it’s free!

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Raising Literacy Standards, Policy UK 2016

Raising Literacy Standards, Policy UK Event, London 08/03/2016

Organised by Policy UK (, whose remit is to bring together government representatives, organisations, charities and businesses to discuss policy reform, this event was a fantastic opportunity to hear the views of those working for key reading and literacy organisations.

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Author Endorsement for The Book Activist

The fantastic children’s author & illustrator, Adam Stower, has given his support to The Book Activist.


“I met Victoria during her time as school librarian when she invited me to visit the school and talk to the children about my work as an author and illustrator of children’s books. I thoroughly enjoyed the day.  It was clear to see how Victoria’s passion for books had instilled in the children a delightful and enthusiastic love of reading. 

In her capacity as the Book Activist, I have no doubt that she will help many more children engage with books and become passionate about reading for pleasure, which can only ever be a wonderful thing. It is all the more important in the current climate that there are people such as Victoria on hand to share their extensive knowledge and experience with those who require it. With the difficulties that many public libraries are facing these days, people such as The Book Activist, who share a passionate commitment to introducing children to the wonders of reading, are becoming all the more essential and valuable.”  

Adam’s award winning books have delighted children and adults alike and he also works collaboratively illustrating books written by authors such as Jeanne Willis. You can read a review of his latest picture book ‘Grumbug’ on the Bookshelf and find out more about Adam at