Reading with your child

If your child could do anything this summer, what would it be? Walk with dinosaurs, go on a treasure hunt with pirates, visit outer space, or maybe play for their favourite football team in a cup final? Anything is possible – when you find the right book!

Our research shows that when children enjoy reading, they do better at school. There’s no better way to keep your child’s development going over the summer holidays than reading. We’ve put together our top tips for helping them fall in love with reading this summer…

  • Make time to read: read a bedtime story with your child every night during the holidays, or set a regular time to read together during the day. Make sure to take books with you on any holidays too.
  • Let your child choose what to read: your child is more likely to fall in love with reading if they are able to choose which books you read together. Join your local library for free and your child can pick from a wide selection of books that suit their interests – anything from animals to football to video games.
  • Learn about your holiday destination: if you’re heading somewhere new this summer, you could ask your child to make a fact file about your new destination by reading information on the internet or renting a book from a library.
  • Get the whole family involved: encourage your child to read with other family members including their grandparents, brothers and sisters, and aunts and uncles. Family holidays make ideal reading time!
  • Bring stories to life: when reading stories out loud with your child, give characters different voices and mannerisms. You could pause the story and ask your child what happens next or act out parts of the story together.
  • Create fun literacy challenges at home: there’s bound to be some rainy days this summer! When the weather is bad, you could put together an indoor treasure hunt with clues for your child to find and read, play board games together or make a summer holiday scrapbook.
  • Go on day trips: even if you’re not heading abroad, taking a trip to a nearby attraction can be a great way to inspire your child to read. For example, if your child learns about the Ancient Egyptians on a museum visit, head to your local library afterwards to find more books on the topic for them to explore.
  • Be a reading role model: your child learns from you, so seeing you enjoying and valuing books can be a great inspiration. Why not pack a book in your suitcase this summer?

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