Helping your child to read at home
Reading with your child is vital. Research shows that it's the single most important thing you can do to help your child's education. It's best to read little and often, so try to put aside some time for it every day.
Think of ways to make reading fun - you want your child to learn how pleasurable books can be. If you're both enjoying talking about the content of a particular page, linger over it for as long as you like.
Books aren't just about reading the words on the page, they can also present new ideas and topics for you and your child to discuss.
Tips for helping your child to enjoy books:
· Encourage your child to pretend to 'read' a book before he or she can read words.
· Visit the library as often as possible - take out CDs and DVDs as well as books.
· Schedule a regular time for reading - perhaps when you get home from school or just before bed.
· Buy dual-language books if English isn’t your family’s first language - you can talk about books and stories, and develop a love for them, in any language.
· Look for books on topics that you know your child is interested in - maybe dragons, insects, cookery or a certain sport.
· Make sure that children’s books are easily accessible in different rooms around your house.
Websites to help with reading
There are some fantastic websites which enable your child to access different texts, books and activities at home all linked to reading.
created to be the ultimate children's online independent bookstore.
On here you will find FREE extracts of hundreds of books. The website is organised clearly into different age groups and it is free to sign up.
short sound clips, interactive games and questions which link to the different strands of reading comprehension such as inference and deduction.
children’s books, authors and illustrators.
features the latest news about books, author information, book of the month extracts and competitions.
the children's book magazine online.
a national scheme offering free books to every child and advice to every parent.
includes information about children’s books and authors.
find out what comes next in any series of books you enjoy.
a useful book review website run by and for 10-15 year-olds.
Federation of Children's Book Groups offers free book lists and links to local book groups.
a complete guide to all the best books to read aloud to children aged birth to 11.
book recommendations for all ages.
can't remember which book a character appeared in? Try this site.
packed full of information on children's books and authors, with reading guides for different age groups.
for children to write book reviews for other children to read. It's updated every month and is designed for children aged 6 to 14.
the National Literacy Trust is an independent charity that changes lives through literacy.
contains book reviews, games, stories and jokes for children.
books and reviews for children plus bookplates to download.
lots of fun stuff to download as well as lots of information about great books.
lots of fun stuff about poetry.
focuses on books and ideas for children and teenagers. It has an interactive Bookchooser or random Lucky dip option to help you choose what to read.
has good reading recommendation lists for children aged from birth to 11 plus.
helping young people, parents, adults and teachers to find out about children’s books.
popular stories with animated video, signing and subtitles.
provides information about books and authors for children and young people aged birth-7, 7-11 and 11-14.
links to author and illustrator websites.
gives personal profiles for a range of authors along with their bibliographies, reading lists and reviews, titles and tips for reluctant readers, and information and advice for any aspiring writers.