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Early years practitioners are invited to take part in the National Literacy Trusts survey on supporting childrens language.

The Scottish Children's Book Awards 2013 Shortlist has been announced, celebrating the most popular children's books by Scottish authors and illustrators.

Malorie Blackman, who has won many awards for writing books for teenagers, is the new Children's Laureate.

The largest teaching union has slammed the phonics reading check for six-year-olds as a 'waste of money', after Government research found that the majority of teachers found it had 'little or no impact' on children's reading and writing.

The National Gallery is holding the Imaginary Worlds Family Festival during half term.

The charity Booktrust has launched a new fundraising drive to help the UK's most vulnerable children through the power of stories and reading.

The minister for children and families, Edward Timpson MP, visited Stonegrove Children's Centre in Edgware, Barnet to celebrate the progress made by children and their families through the Early Language Development Programme (ELDP).

Just under six out of ten six-year-olds met the standard required by the new phonics reading check, the results of the first year of the test show.

More than eight in ten Year 1 teachers in primary schools believe that the phonics check for six-year-olds should be scrapped, according to a survey by teaching unions.

Male reading volunteers in schools and parenting programmes that focus on fathers are among the recommendations of a major report into how to tackle the gap between boys and girls in reading.