Help Your Child Read at Home
Top Tips for Reading
Here are our top tips to help parents encourage even the most reluctant child to develop a love of reading:
Make time to read: research shows that reading with your child for as little as 10 minutes a
day can significantly boost how well they do at school. Set aside a regular time every day to
read with your child, whether it’s for 10 minutes when they get in from school or reading a
bedtime story together. Little and often works best.
Let your child choose what to read: your child is more likely to enjoy reading if they get to
choose what they read. Join your local library for free and help your child explore a wide
variety of books from animals and sports to cooking and wizards.
Explore different reading materials: as well as fiction there is a whole world of comics,
magazines, ebooks, audio books and non-fiction for your child to discover.
Get the whole family involved: encourage your child to read with other family members,
such as grandparents, brothers and sisters, and aunts and uncles.
Bring stories to life: when you read stories out loud with your child, give characters different
voices and mannerisms. Try pausing the story and asking your child what happens next. You
could also act out parts of the story together.
Create fun reading challenges at home: on a rainy day you could organise a treasure hunt
around the house by giving your child a list of things to find and seeing how quickly they can
read the list and collect all the items.
Be positive: praise your child for trying hard at their reading and let them know it’s alright to
Be a reading role model: your child learns from you, so seeing you enjoying and valuing
books can be a great inspiration!
Reading with your child at home as often as you can is one of the best things you can do to support your child’s learning. Click on the links below for useful websites giving you more information and ideas about reading with your child.
Weblinks from The National Literacy Trust:
The National Literacy Trust’s Words for Life website is packed full of information, advice and
resources for parents to help develop children’s language and communication skills from 0-
11 years: www.wordsforlife.org.uk
BookTrust’s Bookfinder helps parents find the perfect book for their child, according to age
BookTrust’s best books for children guide lists the top 100 books for children to read before
The National Literacy Trust’s Literacy Apps website is a handy guide for parents with tips to
on how to get the most out of apps that help young children learn communication skills.
Find stories and activities from popular CBeebies shows to boost your child’s literacy skills:
More useful websites:
Words for life
Suggests suitable books by age
On line stories and videos
Free audio stories
Love reading 4 kids
Free extracts from thousands of books
Free e books
Stories from favourite television shows
Fairy tale stories
Stories, poems and games
Learn to read
Suggested books for children, advice on how to read with your child, book lists, fun games, competitions to win free books, Children's Book Club etc
Helping your child to enjoy reading