Astronauts promote literacy from SPACE! - For Reading Addicts

Astronauts promote literacy from SPACE!

How can we make reading to children any more fantastic than it already is?

BY DOING IT IN SPACE!

The awesome nature of the universe and space travel, combined with one of the most every day events like reading a bedtime story, has produced something truly wonderful. From Kathleen (Kate) Rubins to the UK’s very own space hero Tim Peake, astronauts have been picking up children’s books and sharing them with us on Earth.

Patricia Tribe, the former director of education at Space Center Houston, came up with the concept along with Alvin Drew, the first NASA astronaut to read a story in space. The pair were hoping to encourage reading with children while simultaneously promoting STEM education: science, tech, engineering, and mathematics, and where is the best place to that? IN SPACE!

Check out the videos below!




Tim Peake reads The Incredible Intergalactic Journey Home

Mike Hopkins reads Max Goes to the Moon

Koichi Wakata reads The Wizard who Saved the World

Mike Hopkins reads Max Goes to Mars

Kate Rubins reads Rosie Revere, Engineer




Have you ever thought Voldemort was a bit sexy..?

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Voldemort isn’t sexy, right? I think we can agree that the alien-like smoothness, eerie pale pallor, and snakey slit nostrils are not hot… Until now.

Florida Man, drag queen and burlesque performer, offered us a side of Voldemort we have not seen for…ever. At an Ariana Grande tribute night the fantastic artist gave the audience the ultimate Potter-themed treat, complete with wand fight and special lighting effects. Florida Man’s perfect lip-syncing made the show all the more authentic, and ends with a spectacular kiss between the villain and his foe.

Check out Florida Man’s video below, go and send them some love on their Insta or Twitter.

We have also included a few other Harry Potter-themed burlesque routines (there are literally HUNDREDS of them on YouTube) for your shock/amazement/titillation.

You are welcome?

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Doctor Who’s Jodie Whittaker Reads a Bedtime Story

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We’ve seen many celebrity readers on CBeebies Book at Bedtime and among those have been several Time Lords including David Tennant in 2009 and Christopher Eccleston in 2010, and now the first female Doctor has made an appearance reading Ada Twist, Scientist to children earlier this month.

Whittaker called the experience “an honour” when she made her CBeebies debut on 7th December, just a few weeks ago. If you saw it you’ll known it was a magical experience, if not then we’ve included the reading here so you can watch it now.

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Andrea Levy Adaptation Comes to the BBC This Week

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The Long Song is a novel by Andrea Levy about the last days of slavery in Jamaica and the early years of freedom that followed. The BBC press centre explains that “The Long Song opens just as 300 years of slavery are finally coming to an end on the British-ruled island of Jamaica. But far from being a harrowing tale of misery that one might expect from such a history, The Long Song is a story of hope, passion, determination, and humour in the face of adversity. It follows a defiant, wily young woman, July, who is born a slave, but ends up as the mother of a gentleman.”
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Trailer for the Third and Final Season of a Series of Unfortunate Events Released

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In early 2017, the first season of Netflix’s adaptation of Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events books was released. The show saw Neil Patrick Harris star as the dastardly Count Olaf and both he and the show enjoyed a strong response from fans and critics. A second season was released earlier this year in March, and now the third and final season has been announced with a trailer. Read More

Dr Seuss Parodies To Make You Laugh

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Dr Seuss became popular in the 20th century and still remains a favourite today. His rhythms and rhymes, although simple, create fun tongue-twisters and fast-paced tales.

His style has been copied, styled out, and parodied the world over, referenced in popular culture, and we have selected some of our favourite Seuss parodies from the years.

Enjoy these very silly parodies and clever covers dedicated to Dr Seuss.

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Drunk History UK’s Best Literary Figures

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Drunk History UK is possibly the funniest show around right now, with its heady mix of famous faces, perfect lip syncing, and gratuitous swearing.

Each comedian takes on a figure or story from history and explains in as much factual detail as possible who they were and what they became known for.

The comedian gets as sloshed as they possibly can while attempting to still speak coherently- telling us the tale of their historical figure. As well as some of the big royal and military names through history, they touch on some of our best known writers- Byron, Potter, Shelley, and more…

Check out some highlights here.

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