Tall Tales for Little Children

A Little, Aloud for Children has become a radio star in its own right over the past 2 weeks, as BBC Radio Merseyside has provided numerous slots on their airwaves for the book to make an appearance.

All of these guest appearances have been a part of the promotion for the event ‘Tall Tales for Little Children’, which The Reader Organisation is running in association with Up For Arts at the BBC Radio Merseyside studios.

Here are just two of our starring radio roles from the past week:

  1. Anna Fleming, a young person’s project worker, appears on Breakfast with Lee Bennion (at 1 hour 50 mins in), accompanied by Sophie and Ariadne – two of the young people from Merseyside she reads with every week.
  2. Myself and two of the Graphic Arts students from Liverpool John Moores University who provided illustrations for the book – Rheannon Ormond and Carolina Feng Chen – appeared on air yesterday for an interview with Roger Lyon on his early morning show (at 2 hours 25).

This Thursday, 30th August, TRO will take-over the performance space at the Hanover Street studio for a fantastic family-friendly event involving shared readings from A Little, Aloud for Children, and the chance to get involved in some creative, fun (and potentially messy!) crafts and activities. Tall Tales for Little Children will run from 2-4pm, and you can book a place by calling Radio Merseyside’s A-Team on 0151 794 0984.  All children attending must be between the ages of 6-10, and be accompanied by an adult.

For more information, get in touch with Charlotte: charlotteweber@thereader.org.uk

Ready, Set, Go! … A Little, Aloud for Children in the ‘Book Relay’

Last week, A Little, Aloud for Children was spotted in Monmouthshire doing a bit of Olympic-style relay-running, as it was transported around the area in South Wales as part of Monmouthshire Libraries’ ‘Book Relay’. As these pictures display, the book had lots of friendly supporters to help it on it’s way, and some rather intimidating obstacles to overcome! Good to know that each picture can be related to one of the themes from the book, though…

The book begins it’s voyage: ‘Sailing Away’…

This lot are definitely ‘Angels’ on bikes:

‘Be On Your Guard’ around this guy … He’s definitely spotted the attractive red front cover!

… and ending-up with some rather ‘Charming Creatures’.

Phew! What an adventure the book has been on in Wales. Have you been up to anything exciting or unusual with your copy of A Little, Aloud for Children? Read it in any surprising places? Send us your photos – email charlotteweber@thereader.org.uk.

Out of the Blue and a Bewitching blog

This Saturday 30th June, representatives from The Reader Organisation will be taking part in the Out of the Blue Music festival in Everton Park.

The Magical Storytime sessions that TRO runs at West Everton Community Council will be going al-fresco this Saturday, to join-in the celebrations at the 21st Birthday of this great event.

Magical Storytime are reading, song, movement and craft sessions for children under 5, and at this sepecial festival series, myself and some of my colleagues will be reading aloud some fantastic children’s stories, including Edward Lear’s poem, ‘The Jumblies’, as featured in A Little, Aloud for Children.

The Out of the Blue Music festival runs from 12-7pm at China Street Bowl – you can get all the latest info and news by following the festival on Twitter: @outoftheblue4.

And that’s not all … the fabulous children’s book blog, Bookwitch, has shown its appreciation of A Little, Aloud for Children by writing an enchanting review of the book this week. Many thanks, Bookwitch – we are delighted you enjoyed the book, and happy dipping!

Angela Macmillan on BBC Book Cafe

Yesterday, editor of the A Little, Aloud anthologies Anglea Macmillan appeared on BBC Radio Scotland’s Book Cafe to speak about the creation of the new anthology for children, and the importance of encouraging children from a young age to read for pleasure, by reading aloud with them.

You can listen to the programme online by clicking here: the interview with Angie comes at 36 minutes in. You only have 6 days to catch it before it disappears though, so don’t hang about!

You Magazine Book of the Week

A Little, Aloud was given the title of ‘Book of the Week’ in the Mail on Sunday’s You magazine at the weekend:

Being read to is comfort food for the mind. Leafing through this anthology of prose and poetry specially chosen by The Reader Organisation to be read aloud was like tomato soup and mashed potato and ice cream. Give it to everyone you care about, and keep one for yourself.
We suggest you follow that very wise advice – and buy one for those you care about this Christmas.