Helping with reading: 5 to 7
How to encourage your child to read
Read yourself! Set a good example by sharing your reading. Let your children see that you value books and keep them at home.
Keep books safe. Make your child their own special place to keep their books. Show them how to turn pages carefully.
Point out words all around you. Help your child to read the words around them: on food packets in the supermarket, on buses, in newspapers, in recipes.
Visit your library – it’s free to join! All libraries have children’s sections. Many also have regular storytelling sessions.
Make time to read. Read a bedtime story with your child every night. Encourage them to share reading with grandparents, brothers and sisters and aunts and uncles.
Keep in touch with school. Make sure your child swaps their home reading books regularly at school and try to make a regular time slot of about 10 minutes to hear them read.
If English is not your family’s first language: You can buy dual language books. You can talk about books and stories in any language.
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