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We make fun, inclusive books and visual literacy learning materials that empower children of all ages, all abilities and all learning styles. Our tactile, dynamic method allows kids to use their own ingenuity to develop three crucial elements of literacy:

Vocabulary
Reading Comprehension
Visual Literacy

We donate 20p from every book we sell to Booktrust’s newchildren's reading fund booktrust Children’s Reading Fund to support their work with children with additional needs.

Contact us about running a visual literacy workshop in your school!
"I wish I'd had these books when I was a kid!" Lucy Hawking, author of George's space adventure series

“A brilliant way to create a love of books” Lucy Hawking, Author

space diary

Space Diary Apprentices from Hillmead Primary in the UK

How do you help your children form a good relationship with books and reading? How do you prepare them for the modern world? The answer is to engage kids the way kids are engaging with the world: interactively, visually and in a way that empowers them to be part of the creative process. Our mission is to make reading, writing and visual literacy accessible by being:
Inclusive
 Empowering
 Creative
 Fun and Interactive
 Personal
 Accessible

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Shakespeare

Decoding Shakespeare’s Sonnets

| 8+ years, Blog, Teaching Resources, Visual Literacy, Worksheets | No Comments

Four hundred years ago Shakespeare died in Stratford-upon-Avon. He left behind a legacy of 37 plays, 154 sonnets and two epic narrative poems. Since then, people all around the world have embraced his work, through books, plays, films and creative projects. We even use his phrases in everyday language, feeling ‘faint hearted’ (Henry VI, Part I), ‘dead as a doornail’ (Henry VI, Part II), or ‘fancy free’ (A Midsummer Night’s Dream). Shakespeare has given us wonderful insults, like ‘loathsome as a toad’ (Troilus and Cressida), and powerful descriptions of love, like ‘it is an ever-fixed mark, that looks on tempests,…

Bologna Book Fair

Curved House Kids goes to Bologna Book Fair!

| 4-6 years, 6-8 years, 8+ years, Blog, Events, News | No Comments

Going to Bologna I didn’t know what to expect. I knew of course children’s books and illustrators but I never imagined the magnitude of the fair. Before this I had only been in my country’s (Colombia) biggest fair — the Bogotá Book Fair (Filbo) — and in Canada I went to the Toronto Book Fair, both wonderful but very different in size and purpose. When Kristen and I arrived we immediately felt the joyful energy of this Italian city and were surprised to see how dog-friendly it is. As we walked through it, in less than an hour, we spotted…

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The Bumpy Road to Reading Nirvana

| 6-8 years, 8+ years, Advice for Parents, Blog, Visual Literacy | No Comments

It’s International Children’s Book Day on 2nd April 2016 and we at The Curved House are reflecting on how we developed our love of books… I would love to boast that I was a prodigious childhood reader, ticking-off The Wind in the Willows aged 4. I was not that. I loved a good picture book, Katie Morag and the Tiresome Ted being one of the best. But when it came to attempting chapter books, I had no interest. I now wonder whether it simply came down to taste. I won’t blow my own trumpet and claim I just wasn’t being…

British Science Week

Add Space to your Science Week!

| 4-6 years, 6-8 years, 8+ years, Blog, Principia Space Diary | No Comments

British Science Week has arrived! To help you celebrate, we’ve put together a list of our favourite space-related experiments for your Space Apprentices. We can’t wait to see how you celebrate Science Week. Don’t forget to use #spacediary on Facebook and Twitter, so your photos appear on our Mission Feed. Astronomy This activity will need some adult supervision to assist with cutting and construction. Chapter 3 of the Space Diary explores things Tim Peake might see from the ISS. He has a very special view of space! From Earth, we can’t see the things in our solar system quite as well,…