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One of the best ways to improve a child’s reading skills is by encouraging a love of books and sharing stories together. Creating routines and rituals around books will turn even the most reluctant readers into children with a love of stories. It requires some effort, but it’s also highly rewarding and is one way for parents and grandparents to create profound a connection with the little ones in their life. A few ways to do this are:

 

Go on special book outings together

Make a visit to the library or a bookshop a special outing that you share together. Include borrowing or buying a book, and time reading the chosen book afterwards.

 

Share the stories that you loved to read as a child

Authors like Roald Dahl, Enid Blyton and J.K. Rowling remain popular and are being discovered by another generation of readers. Share your childhood reading experiences, both on and off the page.

 

Read on the go

Every day, there are countless ways to help a child build their vocabulary. Encourage reading everywhere and anywhere. Ask them to read labels, street signs, directions and more.

 

Bring the books to life

Does your child love to read about animals? Take a trip to your local zoo, WILD LIFE or SEA LIFE attraction and see if you can spot any of the animals that appear in their picture books! Get started with some of our animal-filled books including ColouroosThe Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Dangerous Animals and Little Bilby's Aussie Easter Egg Hunt.

 

Talk about the books you read

It’s not enough to just read a book with a child – talk about that book too. These conversations help children absorb and articulate what they read.

Here are five books to read with a child and then discuss afterwards.

  • Giraffes Can't Dance - Giles Andreae, Guy Parker-Rees

    Gerald the giraffe longs to go to the great Jungle Dance, but how can he join in when he doesn't know how to tango or two-step? Everyone knows that giraffes can't dance ... or can they? This funny, touching and triumphant story about being yourself and finding your own tune has been a family favourite for 20 years.

  • Rabbit and Bear: Rabbit's Bad Habits - Julian Gough, Jim Field

    Gorgeously illustrated and with a classic feel, this is a brilliantly funny story of a rabbit and a bear who discover that things are always better when they're shared with a friend. Ideal for readers moving on from picture books.

  • Squidge Dibley Destroys the School - Mick Elliott

    Squidge Dibley is the new kid at Craglands South Primary… and the school might not survive him. This is the hilarious first book in a series about a very strange class, and a small, squidgy kid. But warning… this series is too gross for grown-ups!

  • The Magic Faraway Tree: The Enchanted Wood - Enid Blyton

    Joe, Beth and Frannie discover the Faraway Tree and fall into all sorts of adventures! Enid Blyton remains one of the world’s favourite children's authors, and there’s no better place to start her tales then the first magical story in the Faraway Tree series.

  • Famous Five: Five On Treasure Island - Enid Blyton

    Julian, Dick and Anne are spending the holidays with their tomboy cousin George and her dog, Timothy. One day, George takes them to explore nearby Kirrin Island, which leads them on a dangerous adventure. Meet the stars of Enid Blyton's most popular adventure series, The Famous Five.

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