Welcome from Books on the Hill
World Book Day is upon us once more but there is more to this day than dressing up for a day at school (I used to dread the day as I tried to fulfill my daughter’s idea of going as Hairy Maclary from Donaldson Dairy!)
The day is aimed at celebrating BOOKS…..the wonderful world of reading books, sharing books, giving books. So as we try and encourage more parents to spend time reading with their children, here are our top tips to turn what can be seen as a stressful chore into a rewarding time.
Top Tips for Reading with your Child
Reading with your child is a chance to get close, snuggle up and spend some quality time together. It doesn’t have to be for very long – setting aside just 10 minutes a day will help foster your child’s love of books and reading that will last them a lifetime.
- Try and find somewhere quiet – turn off the TV, leave your phone in the kitchen and cuddle up close.
- Let your child chose the book they want to hear – it shows that you are listening to them and respecting their views. This can be a bit of a challenge when they want the same book over and over again but familiarity is good – it helps with comprehension and confidence.
- Encourage your child to talk about the book – perhaps what they think is going to happen next, what a character might be feeling or how the book makes them feel – don’t rush – give them time to think.
- And most of all – make it fun. Don’t let it become a chore – try to make it a fun and intimate part of your life together. And don’t be afraid to channel your inner Eddie Murphy or Helena Bonham Carter. Nobody else is listening!
The Book Trust (www.booktrust.org.uk) has more information and videos with advice about reading with children. And remember you are never too young or too old to enjoy a book together. Don’t give up reading with older children because you think they can do it themselves now – it is a real pleasure sharing books with anyone of any age.
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