Publishers in Oxford

It is easy to see why Oxford is the second largest hotspot for publishers after London: only an hour away from the capital, with a literary and academic background that is hard to rival, the city has countless publishers of all kinds, perhaps the most renowned being that of its famous university ‘Oxford University Press’ … Continue reading

Oxford World Book Capital 2014

Hello again Oxford World Bookers, sorry for such a long absence – holidays and work experience following that have meant no time whatsoever to devote to the blog – but I’m pleased to say I’m back again and ready to do some last-minute posts on why Oxford deserves to win before UNESCO’s decision in early … Continue reading

An imaginative way with words

There’s been lots of media interest today in children’s language – their inventive storytelling, familiarity with technology-related terms, and thirst for unusual words. It’s been sparked by OUP’s analysis of more than 74,000 stories written by children for BBC Radio 2’s 500 Words competition 2012. It just goes to show how vibrant language is, and how fascinated … Continue reading

Bringing reading to life

It’s brilliant to see children meet their favourite author or illustrator: it creates such a lot of energy and enthusiasm, and of course they come up with some great questions!   You can immediately tell that it helps reading come alive for them. OUP children’s authors and illustrators are taking part in a series of events as part of the … Continue reading

Just one sentence.

One of the themes of our bid is ‘Read Me!’, a programme to promote  children’s reading, and we’ll be hearing a lot more about that over the coming months. But what about ‘See me!’ or ‘Hear me!’? When I was a kid one of life’s great philosophical problems for me was presented by the plate illustrations in … Continue reading

Reading Aloud

I’d like to welcome another guest blogger, Sophie! She’s a lit graduate living in Oxford who  likes books, tea and ambitious cakes. Plus, she works at Wiley and volunteers her time with Wiley’s volunteer Reading Aloud Group (the focus of this post). Many of us (probably every one of us reading this blog) are more … Continue reading

Which way from here?

  Alice: Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?   The Cat: That depends a good deal on where you want to get to   Alice: I don’t much care where.   The Cat: Then it doesn’t much matter which way you go.   Alice: …so long as I get somewhere.   The Cat: Oh, … Continue reading

Winner of The Red House Children’s Book Award

Following my post about The Red House Children’s Book Award in May and voting by nearly 160,000 children and young adults, the winner has just been announced! Congratulations to Michael Morpurgo, the only author to have won the award three times! He won for his book Shadow, published by HarperCollinsChildren’s Books. Yuck! That’s not a … Continue reading

National Share a Story Month

May is National Share a Story Month! The National Share a Story Month began in 1974 as National Tell a Story Week and is coordinated by The Federation of Children’s Book Groups. The Month long celebration of reading began in 1998 and numerous events have been held across the UK which promote literacy and learning to … Continue reading

Children’s Vote! The Red House Book Award

Well, we’re all about children in May. First, it’s the National Share a Story Month. Second, the Red House Children’s Book Award is being voted on! It’s the only national award for children’s books that is voted for entirely by children themselves. Voting ends 21 May, so get your kids reading now (share a story!) and … Continue reading

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