Saturday, 3 June 2017

Top Tips to Make Children Love Reading

A recent survey* of 42,000 schoolchildren 
showed that the percentage of children 
who enjoy reading are at an all time high. 

This research, conducted to celebrate the 20th anniversary 
of the National Literacy Trust’s Young Readers Programme
shows that the longer children enjoy reading, 
the greater the benefits are in the classroom: 
children who enjoy reading have a higher reading age** 
than their peers who don’t.

The truth is it can be tricky for parents 
to instill in their children the love of reading. 
The key is to be patient and follow your child's lead and preferences, 
as this top tip guide for making your child love reading 
from the National Literacy Trust shows.

Top Tips to Make Children Love Reading, A Mum in London
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Top Tips for Parents 
who want their child to love reading


1. Make time to read: read a bedtime story with your child every night or set a regular time to read together during the day. Little and often works best: a good ten minutes reading together is better than a difficult half hour!
2. Let your child choose what to readyour child is more likely to develop a love of reading if they are able to choose the books they read with you. Join your local library for free and your child can pick from a wide selection of books that suit their interests or play to their hobbies, such as football or animals.
3. Explore different reading materials and formats:  as well as fiction there is a world of comics, magazines, ebooks, read-along audio books and non-fiction to discover.
4. Get the whole family involved: encourage your child to read with other family members like grandparents, brothers and sisters, and aunts and uncles.
5. Bring stories to life: when reading stories out loud with your child, give characters different voices that match their personalities. You could pause the story and ask your child what happens next, or even try acting out parts of the story together.
6. Create fun reading challenges at home: on a rainy day you could organise a treasure hunt around the house; give your child a list of things to find and see how quickly they can read the list and collect all the items.
7. Be positive: praise your child for trying hard at their reading and let them know it’s alright to make mistakes.
8. Be a reading role model: your child learns from you, so seeing you enjoying and valuing books can be a great inspiration.



*The research report is based on findings from the National Literacy Trust’s seventh Annual Literacy Survey. 42,406 children and young people, aged 8 to 18, responded to the survey in November and December 2016. Of these, 9,754 children were in Key Stage 2 (aged 8-11).

**10-year-olds who enjoy reading have a reading age 1.3 years above their peers who do not enjoy reading (10.8 years vs 9.5 years)
12-year-olds who enjoy reading have a reading age 2.1 years above their peers who do not enjoy reading (12.6 years vs 10.5 years)
14-year-olds who enjoy reading have a reading age 3.3 years above their peers who do not enjoy reading (15.3 years vs 12 years)

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