Supporting Book Trust’s Children’s Book Week 2017
Every year, Book Trust join up with schools, libraries, children, parents and carers to celebrate books and reading for pleasure. Here, you can find the brand-new Great Books Guide, which showcases their favourite reads of 2017. What is your child’s favourite read?
Research proves that children who enjoy reading do better at school in all subjects.
Reading together increases literacy skills and does so much more – it helps to build a strong and loving relationship between you. And it’s never too early to start reading with your child. (See link at bottom of the page).
- Set aside some time
Find somewhere quiet without any distractions – turn off the TV/radio/computer.
- Let your child to choose a book
Sharing books they have chosen shows you care what they think and that their opinion matters. This means they are more likely to engage with the book.
- Snuggle up
Encourage your child to hold the book themselves and/or turn the pages.
- Point to the pictures
If there are illustrations, relate them to something your child knows. Ask them to describe the characters or situation or what will happen next. Encourage them to tell you the story by looking at the pictures.
- Encourage your child to talk about the story
Talking about the characters and their dilemmas helps children understand relationships and is an excellent way for you to get to know each other or discuss difficult issues. Give your child plenty of time to respond. Ask them what will happen next, how a character might be feeling, or how the book makes them feel.
- And lastly, above all – make it fun!
It doesn’t matter how you read with a child, as long as you both enjoy the time together. Don’t be afraid to use funny voices: children love it!
Link: National Book Trust