Adventures in the real world: factual books and reading for pleasure

Sharing details of an event organised by the Society of Authors- 19 July, 5.45-8pm,  Waterstones Piccadilly, 203-206 Piccadilly, London W1J 9HD

Children love reading about pirates, animals, robots, space, monsters... anything and everything wondrous and exciting. They love adventurous stories and bizarre inventions. And they don't love it any less if what they read is true - so why does Reading for Pleasure so often focus on fiction? 


Our panel of experts discusses the huge benefits of reading factual books for pleasure, engaging young readers who might not enjoy fiction, and broadening the horizons of those who do. Jenny Broom is a publisher at Quarto, producers of the award-winning Atlas of AdventuresDawn Finch is President of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, a vociferous library campaigner, trained librarian and children’s author; Nicola Morgan, CWIG Chair, author of award-winning novels, factual books and an expert in the science of readaxation and reading for wellbeing; and Zoe Toft of the Federation of Children’s Books Groups, an independent children’s book consultant and oversees Non-Fiction November. Chaired by Anne Rooney, author of around 150 children’s information books on many subjects and Chair of the SoA's Educational Writers Group.

The talk will be followed by a drinks reception. Tickets for FCBG members cost £10 online booking as Society of Authors members, using offer code SOA16, or £12 offline by calling the Society of Authors on 0207 373 6642. Please quote event code 571.