To inspire everyone to get reading, calm their mind and boost their mood, we’re hosting a Take 10 national moment, inviting everyone to grab their favourite book (or anything you like) and read for 10 minutes on Tuesday 10 October at 10am.
Share your Take 10 moment with us on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook using #Take10ToRead so we can see what you get up to!
The benefits of reading are endless
Sharing a book with a child is fun. It's a time for affection, laughing and talking together. And it can also give children a head start in life and help them become lifelong readers.
Reading is a great way for children to escape the real world and visit somewhere imaginary. It could be space, a superhero universe or the world of their favourite football team.
Making time to regularly read with your children can help them to:
- Feel calm and relaxed.
- Boost their mood.
- Improve memory, concentration and focus.
That's why we want everyone, from little ones and teens to parents and grandparents, to read for just 10 minutes every day! Take 10 with us and see where it takes you!
Ten tips to help your child take 10 minutes to read every day
Follow our top tips to help everyone in your family build a daily reading habit:
- Create a routine. Set a specific time each day that works for the whole family where you can all sit and read. You could set up a cosy reading corner at home or be out and about!
- If your child is an independent reader, make sure you grab your favourite book, magazine or even recipe book to read as well to show them how important reading is to you.
- Set a timer to help you all hit 10 minutes.
- Turn off your phone or TV so there are no distractions.
- You could pop to the library to find the perfect book, magazine or comic for you and your children.
- Create a Take 10 reward board where everyone gets a star for every 10 minutes they read, and at the end of the week everyone can get a treat.
- Create a bookmark based on your child's favourite book or character.
- Get creative with technology and set up a Zoom call with loved ones who live far away. What better way to share the excitement for what you’re reading than with loved ones.
- Why not go digital and try one of many audio books to stir up creativity with reading?
- Read a book as a family and then find the movie version (if it exists) so you can watch it at the next family movie night.