Tom Hardy to Read us a Bedtime Story

By December 9, 2016Children's Literature, News

And make all our Christmas wishes come true!

The BBC announced today that tough guy actor Tom Hardy is to read the bedtime story on CBeebies this New Year’s Eve! Hardy is a dad of two and probably reads lots of bedtime stories but we best know him as the Kray Twins and Alfie from Peaky Blinders, playing tough violent criminals.

But he’s putting his tough act aside as he sits down in front of the country (and no doubt lots of mums watching with their kids) to read You Must Bring a Hat by Simon Phillip and Kate Hindley.

To add to his friendly appearance, he even brought his Labrador Woodstock along for the filming. The story is aimed at pre-school children and tells the tale of a little boy who is going to a party.

Tom follows a range of celebrities who have been involved in this series, including actor Damien Lewis and astronaut Tim Peake, and it’s promised that Tom will be back to read more stories in 2017.

This special New Year’s episode will be part of a selection of celebrity bedtime stories with readers including Justin Fletcher, Isla Fisher and Maureen Lipman. The CBeebies bedtime story is on the CBeebies channel every evening at 6:50pm.

(image via BBC)

The Private Lives of Authors: Laura Ingalls Wilder

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Laura Ingalls Wilder was born on the 7th of February, 1867 and died on the 10th of February, 1957. The American writer was best known for the children’s book series Little House on the Prairie (1932 to 1943), based on her childhood as a part of a settler and pioneer family.

A television series was produced in the 70s and 80s and was loosely based on Ingalls’ books- it starred Melissa Gilbert as Laura and Michael Landon as her father, Charles. She is still celebrated today all across the USA, with museums and honouring her, and her name marking her previous homesteads throughout the country.

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Astronauts promote literacy from SPACE!

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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!

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Hidden Pages Uncovered in Anne Frank’s Diary

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Anne Frank became famous for the diary she wrote while hiding with her family from the Germans during World War II. The diary is one of the best known accounts of the time but over the years we’ve had many revelations about Anne Frank’s Diary. Several years after it was released, Otto Frank confessed that he had removed some part from the diary where Anne spoke about sex, and made criticisms of her mother leading to the ‘Definitive version’ being released.

Today we hear more about the diary, giving further insights into Anne Frank’s character as researchers uncover several more pages that were originally stuck together. Read More

13 times Harry Potter fans got political

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As much as people would like to argue it doesn’t, and that For Reading Addicts should steer clear of politics, fiction and reality often cross over. There is no escaping politics as life is political, reading is a political act, and literature has recorded and reflects that.

The Harry Potter fandom knows this all too well… The world of witches, wizards, and magical creatures is often fraught with clashes and strong opinion, much like our own. Occasionally this particular literary world has been seen to reflect our own in such a way that many fans cannot help but make comparisons, no matter how obscure, hilarious, or downright ridiculous.

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Author writes book to explain complex science to toddlers

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Many parents and teachers know of the deep and often complex questions children ask when they are trying to figure out the world around them. Lots of ‘whys’, ‘whats’, and ‘hows’ invade our daily lives, often without warning and without a ready answer.

Author KC Land, aged 24, recently wrote and self-published her debut storybook Negan The Stardust, which attempts to explain one of the first and most important questions we ask: what are we made of, and where did we come from?

Land’s story is of a brave stellar atom named Negan who wanders with her friends Carbon and Hydrogen towards Earth after her own home is destroyed in a catastrophic explosion called a supernova.

The idea first came about when the author-whose real name is Casey Keene Stakland- was dealing with intense questions from her son.

“My son started asking some big questions such as ‘Why are we real?’ and ‘How did we get here?’ at the tender age of three. I tried at first to explain simply that we are real because we can make choices and that we all came from our mothers’ tummies, but he was obviously not satisfied with these answers and continued to ask.”

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Amazon US Rolls out Subscription Service for Children’s Books

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Amazon may be one of the largest online retailers in the world, but you may not be aware that the company started life by selling books. To an extent, Amazon hasn’t forgotten its origins as a bookseller and has embraced new ways of selling books via audio downloads, eBooks, and eReaders. Brick and mortar Amazon book stores have even opened in some parts of the world and now the mega online retailer has begun rolling out a subscription service that sends books to children.

US Amazon Prime members can now take advantage of the Prime Book Box which sees a box of books delivered to your doorstep every one, two, or three months for $22.99 per box. The books are selected by Amazon book editors and endorsed by customer ratings. Read More



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