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Reading - How You Can Help At Home

Reading with your child is one of the most effective ways to contribute to your child’s wellbeing and education.

When you read with your child on a regular basis, you will undoubtedly develop a stronger relationship with your child. It provides your child with feelings of attention, love, and reassurance, feelings which are key for nurturing and wellbeing.

When you read with your child, you are helping them to increase their vocabulary, helping them to build listening skills, widen their imagination, stimulate their critical thinking and enhance their understanding.  

Reading books with your child should be fun and a special experience that you both look forward to!

How to read a story to your child

 If you can find the time beforehand, read the read-aloud book to yourself first, so you can think about how you’re going to read it to your child.

On the first reading:

  • Make reading aloud feel like a treat. Make it a special quiet time and cuddle up so you can both see the book.
  • Show curiosity about what you’re going to read:  ‘This book looks interesting. It’s about an angry child. I wonder how angry he gets…’
  • Read through the whole story the first time without stopping too much. Let the story weave its own magic.
  • Read with enjoyment. If you’re not enjoying it, your child won’t.  Read favourite stories over and over again.

On later readings:

  • Let your child pause, think about and comment on the pictures.
  • If you think your child did not understand something, try to explain: ‘Oh! I think what’s happening here is that…’
  • Chat about the story and pictures: ‘I wonder why she did that?’; ‘Oh no, I hope she’s not going to…’; ‘I wouldn’t have done that, would you?’
  • Link the stories to your own family experiences: ‘This reminds me of when …’
  • Link stories to others that your child knows: ‘Ah! Do you remember the dragon in ….?  Do you remember what happened to him?’
  • Encourage your child to join in with the bits they know.
  • Avoid asking questions to test what your child remembers.
  • Avoid telling children that reading stories is good for them.

To find more about how you can encourage your child to read at home, visit the following link:

10 Top Tips to encourage your child to read


 Tips for helping your child to enjoy books:

  •  Visit your local library with your child as often as possible.
  • Choose books that you know that your child is interested in.
  • Make books easily accessible in different rooms around the house.
  • Plan a regular time for reading; perhaps before bedtime or when they come home after school.


To find out more information on reading visit the following links:

Booktrust - Reading Help and Advice

Reading Comprehension


Suggested Reading Book lists for the Children – Recommended Website Links

To learn more about 100 hundred books to read before you are 5 years old, visit the following the website link:

100 Books to Read before you are 5 years old

A suggested reading list for children in Reception:

Suggested Reading List for EYFS/Reception Children aged 4-5

A suggested reading list for children in Year 1:

Suggested Readling List for Year One

 A suggested reading list for children in Year 2:

 Suggested Reading List for Year 2

 Here’s another fantastic website. You can browse by your child’s age and you can personalise your search according to your child’s interests.

Booktrust Bookfinder

 Here you can find recommended children’s booklists sorted by age or topics

Books by Topic