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:
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.
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.
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.
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 Colouroos, The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Dangerous Animals and Little Bilby's Aussie Easter Egg Hunt.
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.