Language & Literature

Calling All (Reluctant) Bookworms


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Em is a reader. A bookworm. She always has been, and always will be. Some people love to read, but some people don’t. Which are you? Maybe you are nagged by your parents and teachers for not reading enough. Perhaps reading is a chore, part of your homework assignment that you rush through, without enjoying because it has to be done. Would you like to learn to love reading? Em has some tips for you.

I really love reading. I mean, I really love reading. I learned to read when I was 4 years old, and I’ve never really stopped since. I used to amaze adults with my reading – I read classic Greek literature (translated, obviously) when I was 9 years old.


Language & Literature

Comic Book Characters and Diversity


Jump! Mag's intern. MSc Publishing student. Literature advocate. Fond of hyphenation. Lancastrian.

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We’re very pleased here at Jump. In the last few months, several of our favourite comic book characters have been changed and redesigned. This isn’t just about new costumes.
It shows that the designers and writers want to make these stories more diverse. After all, not every person in the world is white and male…so it seems silly that superheroes should be!
Read on to find out about the transformations of Batgirl, Thor and others.


Language & Literature

12 Awesome Book Resources for Kids


Jump! Mag's intern. MSc Publishing student. Literature advocate. Fond of hyphenation. Lancastrian.

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Looking for great Book Resources for kids? These are our favourite sites for avid readers, and to inspire and encourage reluctant bookworms.
If you know of any book resources that we have missed, do let us know and we will add them to the list!
You can also browse our articles on Books on Jump! Mag.







This site is a wonderful storytelling community for both readers and reluctant writers. With over 5 million stories, Storybird curates artists’ images from all over the world, and members can use them as inspiration for creating their own stories. Not a writer? Don’t worry. You can just read to your heart’s content! Choose the kinds of stories you’d like to read and follow your favourite writers. What’s more, people of any age can join, so you can write with your friends, your family, or your school. Follow @storybird on Twitter.


Carnegie Greenaway Books Awards



The site of the UK’s oldest children’s book awards. Find out all about the ones that have won the prizes, watch videos with authors and illustrators talking about their books, post your own drawings online and ask authors questions. You can even join or set up a shadowing group and post your own reviews! Follow @cilipckg on Twitter.


The Guardian: Children’s Books




Want to read articles about books, listen to author podcasts or become a young critic? The Guardian Children’s Books site, ‘by kids, for kids’, could be the one for you. Join up and get discussing with your fellow young book lovers. Follow @GdnChildrensBks on Twitter.






Chatterbooks is for children who love books, whether reading or writing them. Keep up to date with what’s going on in the world of reading, download fun activity packs, and search for your nearest Chatterbooks group. Follow @readingagency on Twitter.


Summer Reading Challenge

reading challenge


Some of you may have heard of the Summer Reading Challenge already. Every summer, you can take part in the six-book challenge and get rewards for every book you read. The website tells you all about the challenge, has blog posts from storytellers, but also helps you choose your next book and has lots of fun games to play and competitions to enter – all year round. Follow @readingagency on Twitter


Words for Life


One for the whole family, this site lets kids and parents browse together. With recommended reads, songs and rhymes, author interviews and games based on comic books, there’s sure to be something for everyone. You can even narrow it down by age, to make sure you get to the stuff you want. Like Words For Life’s Facebook page.





The Booktrust aims to ‘inspire a love of books’, and with all its information on stories, prizes, short story competitions you can enter and the tons of programmes they have set up for readers of all ages, they are sure to do so. A fantastic site, it also features blog posts every Monday from beloved author Philip Ardagh. You can read his first post here. Follow @booktrust on Twitter.


Scottish Booktrust



This site focuses particularly on – you guessed it! – reading in Scotland, but is a great source of inspiration for children, young adults, parents and teachers everywhere. We love the book list section (shown in the picture), where you can find books on any topic you want to read about, whether it’s poetry, science or ‘nasty teachers’. Follow @scottishbktrust on Twitter.




Don’t know what to read next? LoveReading is great for helping you choose something. You can browse by subject, use the fantastic ‘If You Like…You’ll Love’ feature, or see what other readers are enjoying. The ‘New Gen’ section is especially for young adults and teens, and has everything from laugh-out-loud beach reads, steamy paranormal romances, mesmerising thrillers and compelling dystopian tales”. It’s also worth checking out ‘Undercover Reads’ for free extracts from novels you might like. Follow @lovereadinguk on Twitter.

Fyrefly Books




This blog is written by a woman called Nicki, who describes herself as a ‘voracious’ and ‘eclectic’ reader. It has reviews of all the books she has read since 2006, including YA fiction (though also has adult books). One of the best parts of the site is the ‘Books Blogs Search’ where you can hunt down all the reading blogs your heart desires. Follow @fyrefly98 on Twitter.


Reading Teen


Another one for young adults and teens, this site reviews all sorts of books, including audiobooks and ‘clean reads’, which have less adult content. While you’re on the site, check out the section called ‘Wicked Bookcraft’, which features artwork and installations made of books, photos and newspaper articles! Follow @readingteen on Twitter.


Brain Pickings


This fantastic site compiles all things book-related, including a virtual bookshelf and beautiful original artwork. Maria Popova, who describes herself as an “interestingness hunter-gatherer” (which we think is a BRILLIANT phrase), also has a side project called ‘Literary Jukebox’, which matches famous book quotes with an appropriate song. Follow @brainpickings on Twitter.


Which book sites do you like? Let us know of any great sites that we have missed!


Language & Literature

The Contronym – a Word that Bends Over Backwards


Millie is a British writer and translator living and working in Greece. She writes about etymology on Jump! Mag and on Glossologics, and shares her children’s stories on Kidscapers.

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I expect most of you have heard of antonyms, and even if you haven’t heard the word, you know them and use them every day. Antonyms are words that mean the opposite. For example, hot is the antonym of cold, rich is the antonym of poor.
But what happens when we have a word that doesn’t have another antonym – it is the antonym of itself?! You are probably wondering what on earth that could mean. Well, there are some words that have two meanings which are the opposite of each other. This makes the word its own antonym. Words like this are known as contronyms.












One very common one that we shall start with is a word that you use all the time without ever thinking about it being a contronym. This is left, which can mean “gone, departed” or “still there, remaining” . If you have gone, then you have left, but if everyone else except you has gone, then you are left!


Language & Literature

The Yorkshire Shepherdess – Interview with Amanda Owen

Lynn Schreiber

Founder and Editor at Jump! Mag
A freelance writer, who lives and works in Scotland with her family and fluffy white dog.

Likes: Writing, reading, twitter and chocolate
Dislikes: Negative and angry people
Amanda Owen is a tweeting shepherdess from Yorkshire, who has written a book about life on a hill farm in England. We caught up with her while she was baking pies and scones to find out what it is like to live on a farm, and how she and her family cope with living in such a remote location.