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Why reading books can help you become a better footballer | Guardian 

"A young man walks from the halfway line to the penalty spot. His country’s fans are dancing; their hope swoops and soars around him. He watches as his opposite number makes the lonely walk back to his teammates, shoulders hunched, and suppresses his sympathy. He knows what’s at stake..." Read my full article on the Guardian's website.

Are authors shying away from using social media in their books? | BBC Arts 

"In Ray Bradbury’s short story The Murderer (from the anthology The Golden Apples of the Sun) the titular killer turns out to be a man with a violent vendetta against technology, rather than people. He can no longer bear to live in a world where everyone is always listening to music, using a computer or involved in some form of endless communication. Questioned by a psychologist, he reveals..." Read my full #LovetoRead article on the BBC Arts website

'Get children reading to help solve Scotland’s confidence crisis' | Herald 

"Encouraging both boys and girls to develop a reading habit matters to us all in Scotland as engaged young readers will grow up to be healthier, wealthier adults. A love of reading is proven by the OECD to be the best indicator of a child’s future success regardless of their parents’ academic achievements or socio-economic circumstances. Put another way, a love of reading can..." Read the full article on The Herald's website.

Danny Scott’s Scotland Stars books target reluctant readers | Edinburgh Evening News 

"Scott, who works at the Scottish Book Trust in Edinburgh, said: “I was quite a keen reader when I was a child, I loved books by authors like Roald Dahl and Dick King Smith, but there never seemed to be many stories about children like me, living in normal places, being in the same situations as me and facing the same kinds of challenges." Read the full article on Edinburgh Evening News' website.

Kicking off about children's books | Midlothian Advertiser 

The books were born of an idea that Danny first had when he was growing up in Penicuik. There weren’t many books that he could relate to in terms of familiar locations and everyday situations. He wanted to create a story that young children growing up in Scotland could recognise, which is where the idea for Scotland Stars came from." Read the full article on Midlothian Advertiser's website. 

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