Research shows that the seemingly simple act of being read to brings remarkable health and happiness benefits. It stimulates thought and memory, encourages the sharing of ideas and feelings, hopes and fears. It enriches our lives and minds.
This unique book offers a selection of prose and poetry especially suitable for reading aloud to children. It includes extracts ranging from modern day favourites (David Almond, Frank Cottrell Boyce, Neil Gaiman) to old classics (Kipling, Dickens, E. Nesbit), and features a foreword from Michael Morpurgo. Each piece has been chosen by the Reader Organisation, whose team has unique experience in the effect and benefits of books that immediately capture children's interest and imagination.
All royalties in full will go to The Reader Organisation, the leading UK charity for reading and health.
The Reader 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 Shared Reading groups, in which books and poems are always read aloud, reach across all ages, demographics and settings from nurseries and schools to care homes, via hospitals, mental health settings and prisons. The organisation started on Merseyside but has since expanded across the UK and beyond. Angela Macmillan has worked at The Reader since its inception and has run several `Shared Reading' groups