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Home is where the books are

2019-05-03T15:53:16+00:00

Our guest blogger, children’s author S.P. Moss, shares memories of her RAF childhood and the books that became ‘home’. She is kindly giving two signed copies of her books, The Bother in Burmeon and The Al-Eden Emergency, to Reading Force families. See our Facebook page for giveaway details. Home is where the books are My brother and me (cool sunglasses!) in Aden, 1960s I learned to read in Aden, back in the far-off days of the 1960s. According to my mum, once I started, I didn’t stop. I read on Tarshyne Beach, which was usually so hot it wasn’t [...]

Home is where the books are 2019-05-03T15:53:16+00:00

How to ensure teachers understand Forces children

2019-02-01T12:09:02+00:00

Free seminar at Kingston University – March 22nd 2019 Photo credit: Neil Hanna Photography At Reading Force we support Forces families, and draw wider attention to the special circumstances that are part of their world – but not necessarily understood by others. Forces families tend to be off the general radar. Although there is an annual reminder on 11th November, for much of the year there are those who live the experience of being in the Forces and those who don’t, and the overlap is not large. Forces people tend to be independent, self-contained, and disinclined to complain. And [...]

How to ensure teachers understand Forces children 2019-02-01T12:09:02+00:00

Happy New Year and New Reading

2019-05-03T15:52:14+00:00

Founder of Reading Force, Alison Baverstock, reflects on her long-lasting Forces friendships, the next generation, and a new year’s resolution… We spent New Year with family friends in France. The original friendship, between us and a couple we met when we were both posted by the Army to Wiltshire, has been maintained by the next generation and we were there with their eldest child, herself a member of the Forces, her friends and our daughter. Everyone in the group of ten had a link with the Military, either currently serving or having grown up as the child of a Serviceperson – [...]

Happy New Year and New Reading 2019-05-03T15:52:14+00:00

Christmas for Forces families… and being miles apart

2018-12-20T14:37:33+00:00

We send books to Forces families all year round to enjoy sharing, whether a family is together at home or separated by deployment or training. But with Christmas fast approaching, we’re especially thinking about families who will have a loved one away from home on Christmas day and through the holiday season. Over this festive period, we’re aiming to send around 1,000 books to help families just that little bit. Here, four mums share their situations and thoughts on Christmas in the military and how books and sharing stories across the miles can help... Sian and four year old daughter Amelie [...]

Christmas for Forces families… and being miles apart 2018-12-20T14:37:33+00:00

‘But what do I do with the scrapbook?’ One family’s crafting journey and top tips for scrapbooking

2018-11-21T12:06:42+00:00

Julie Boyle found out about Reading Force from a post shared on a military wives Facebook page, when her daughter Chloe was not yet two. “I looked and thought that sounds brilliant.” She ordered a scrapbook and book through the Reading Force website. Since then the family have completed three scrapbooks and take great pleasure in crafting them. Here, Julie shares her Reading Force experience and top tips for scrapbooking… I was so excited waiting for our first scrapbook to arrive and to see Chloe’s face when she received the new book! Chloe has enjoyed reading since she was tiny so [...]

‘But what do I do with the scrapbook?’ One family’s crafting journey and top tips for scrapbooking 2018-11-21T12:06:42+00:00

First person (at home)

2018-10-16T16:26:39+00:00

First man is out and the Oscar predictions are in, mostly for ‘best picture’ and perhaps ‘best leading actor’ for Ryan Gosling, playing the emotionally closed Neil Armstrong. But a wave of sympathy is currently surrounding actress Claire Foy, cast in the ‘thankless role’ of his wife Janet. ‘She’s having an awful time, simply there waiting for her husband to come back and looking distressed’ (Tom Sutcliffe on Saturday Review, 13th October). On the same programme John Mullen described the home scenes as ‘incredibly dull’. Writing for the BBC, Nicholas Barber concluded both parts were ‘too unshowy to win awards.’     [...]

First person (at home) 2018-10-16T16:26:39+00:00

Books Involving Unlikely Libraries

2018-10-08T10:45:36+00:00

Hello Reading Force families! I'm Emma, I'm a Pad Brat and school librarian and I write a regular blog here about reading and Forces life. I love libraries! When I was growing up I couldn’t always access a library in every country I lived in/travelled to. These days we have more access to books as e-books exist, but back then it was a different story. Every time I would return to England I would make sure I visited the local library and read as many books as I could before travelling away again. Now I am really lucky because I AM [...]

Books Involving Unlikely Libraries 2018-10-08T10:45:36+00:00

Back to school we go…

2018-09-24T09:56:19+00:00

Alison Baverstock founded Reading Force seven years ago. With the launch of our shiny new website and the new school term, Alison reflects on why she started Reading Force…. It’s back to school time all over the country. Children are busy getting creases and scuff marks into what were their pristine new shoes. During the week ahead, universities are preparing for the arrival of a new intake of students (my day job is as an academic at Kingston University where I teach Publishing Studies – incidentally, that’s how I met Hattie Gordon, who now manages Communications and Liaison for Reading Force). [...]

Back to school we go… 2018-09-24T09:56:19+00:00

My Summer Reads

2018-10-05T09:16:51+00:00

Hello Reading Force families! I'm Emma, I'm a Pad Brat and school librarian and I write a regular blog here about reading and Forces life. The summer holidays are when I really like to get into reading – whether it’s lazing by the pool with a good book, or having a staycation and escaping into fiction. I remember as a child, summer meant travel. We would go on epic long car rides from Germany to France to Italy, through Switzerland and Austria – and all the way to Gibraltar to see the border of Africa! We would always make time to [...]

My Summer Reads 2018-10-05T09:16:51+00:00

‘Never assume resilience in Forces children’

2018-09-24T08:59:16+00:00

Reading Force founder and Director, Dr Alison Baverstock, has written an insightful blog for TES - the key policy publication for education - about Forces children and how they can be better supported by schools. Written in response to the recently published report by the Children’s Commissioner on forces children, Alison outlines the realties of life for forces children and families (drawing on her own family’s experience, and that of others), and how teachers and schools can better support them and nurture resilience. You can read the blog here… Introducing her recent report on forces children, the Children’s Commissioner concludes they should [...]

‘Never assume resilience in Forces children’ 2018-09-24T08:59:16+00:00
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