Children who eat healthy develop better reading skills

We’ve been promoting healthy eating and fun activities to improve reading skills for a long time – so it’s great to read an article that shows that they are linked!

A study by researchers in Finland shows that chidren who stick to a diet high in whole grains, unsaturated fats, vegetables, fruits and fish – and low in red meat, saturated fat, and sugary foods – consistently outperform their peers when it comes to reading tests.


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What makes gold medals? A positive growth mindset!

Did you know that when Adam Peaty was 14 years old, he was swimming in the slow lane with 10-year old girls? Through a huge amount of hard work, resilience  and sacrifice (and good coaching) he’s gone on to win Gold at the Olympics.

Or how about British boxer Lawrence Okolie? He was bullied at school for being overweight. But watching the Olympics in 2012 was life-changing for him. He was so inspired by Anthony Joshua winning an Gold medal, he quit his job in a fast food restaurant and started training to be a boxer. Just four years later he is in Rio representing Great Britain.

Ben Burgess, author of the attached article (a primary headteacher and former professional footballer) argues that the word “talented” should be banned from schools due to the negative effect it has on children. Instead we should be looking for ways of developing positive growth mindsets. As Burgess says, “Obviously people are born with different physiological strengths, but so much comes down to opportunity, circumstance and a desire to work hard, overcome failures and improve.”

I, for one, hope we hear many more stories, like those of Adam Peaty and Lawrence Okolie.

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Me and My Job

The Independent Publishers Guild (IPG) asked me to write a blog for their ‘Me and My Job’ section on their website. Here it is!

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Want to live longer? Read a book!

Book readers live two years longer (on average) than non-book readers, according to an article published in the Social Science and Medicine Journal.

The survey of more than 3500 people found that the more that people read, the longer they live, but that as little as 30 minutes a day was still beneficial in terms of survival.


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Brilliant Publications returns to Language Show Live

Everyone at Brilliant Publications is starting to get excited about exhibiting at Language Show Live on 14-16 October 2016 at Olympia (London). We look forward to seeing lots of new and old customers at stand number 302. As usual we will offering a 20% show discount and will have some lovely free goodie bags to hand out!


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Sheila Blackburn speaking at trAction Crewe

Sheila Blackburn will be reading some of her Stewie Scraps books at Crewe Library on 11 July, as part of the trAction Crewe Festival.

TrAction Crewe is a three-day fun event to celebrate Crewe’s role in railways, science and engineering. In addition to Sheila’s session, there will be many free activities for all the family including science, sports, children’s competitions, games and exhibitions.

As Stewie Scrap’s inventions are pretty amazing, listening to his stories is a perfect way to end to the technology-themed festival. So why not pop along to the library and learn about his space racer, star rocket or giant joggers!









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Teaching British Values through Music

Feversham Primary Academy in Bradford has come up with a really novel way of teaching British values – through a music-led curriculum. In the attached article Naveed Idrees, the headteacher, tells what they’ve done.

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