Blog - Archive for ‘Educational’ Category


Little Free Libraries – UPDATE

In April 2014 we found out all about ‘Little Free Libraries’ – an idea from America, gaining popularity here in the UK. At the time there were just 5 of them in the UK. Herok finds out how the idea is growing one year on…


World Book Day 2016

World Book Day will be on 3rd March in 2016. Children of all ages will come together to appreciate reading, dressed as favourite authors or book characters.


Readathon – Improving lives through sponsored reading

A Readathon is an easy to run sponsored reading challenge. Children read for pleasure and are excited by the extra challenge to raise money for seriously ill children. Children talk about books, share and swap favourites, and are genuinely motivated to read.


Booktime is the national free books programme for Reception-aged children

Booktime is the national free books programme for Reception-aged children (age 4-5 years) in England and Wales. It provides a free book pack for every child to share and enjoy with their family and friends.


A fun day in the library! …brought to you by Herok children’s library furniture

Hey, what do you know? Another great idea from America! (No, not black Friday discounts.) This time it’s ‘Tape Town’, an idea from Kristy Raffensberger from the New York Public Library.


Herok’s top ten books of 2014 for 0-5s

Below are Herok’s top ten books for readers ages 0-5 that we have selected for 2014. We hope you like them as much as we do!


The British Library

The British Library sounds very grand but is it there for you and me? And, what role does it play in this increasingly digital world?


New product – Gratnells SmartCase coming soon…

Schools are increasingly relying upon laptops and tablet computers to aid teaching in the classroom these days, so there is a need to store these expensive devices safely. Gratnells SmartCase® is designed to do just that with a tough outer case and configurable protective foam cushioning on the inside.


The Power of Reading Project

The Power of Reading is a school development project, which engages teachers and children in the literacy curriculum through using high quality books and proven teaching approaches.


Use library books to make days out educational as well as fun!

A great idea is to ‘theme’ the school holiday. Then, borrow library books that tie into your theme and provide you with activities ahead of your day out.


All you need to know about Book Bands

Here’s a handy guide to which book bands are appropriate for children of different ages, and also how they correspond to the Oxford Reading Tree scheme used in many Primary schools…


How to help teach Key Words to 3-5 year olds

The idea behind the Key Words reading scheme is that if children are taught these 100 key words first, then they will find it easier to learn to read.