This is the second in a series of posts providing tips and support to get children reading with confidence. Part one looked at ways to reduce pressure associated with reading, have a relaxed approach and make sure lots of books are available. Here in part two of the series, I expand on accessing plenty of books by making the most of your local library. I share ideas for what to do if your child insists they have no interest in books. And I consider the benefits of allowing children to explore the library and make their own reading choices.
Does your child lack reading confidence? Do they finding reading hard or do they lack interest or enjoyment in reading?
If you answer yes to any of these questions – don’t worry – you are not alone. Let me start by explaining one of the reasons I write on a blog about supporting children reading. At home we had always read a lot to our son, and he had always enjoyed books. However, when it came to the stage of reading for himself it did not always come easily to him. Well-meaning teaching professionals directed us to a lot of resources. These included intensive phonics programmes and many structured activities around reading. I worried a lot and started to look for more ways to support him.
Positive steps to get children reading with confidence
Beyond some overwhelming advice, I found some great tips and information to get children reading more. Most importantly, I found tips for children to enjoy reading and feel happy and confident about it. I want to share some of the ideas which worked best for us. These tips helped to reduce stress rather than adding to it. One of the most important lessons I learned is that this experience is not rare; and there are lots of positive steps that you can take.
So if you are feeling bewildered, try these tips to help get your children reading with confidence. Hopefully without reducing both you and them to tears. Because no child or parent needs that!
In this post I want to share recommendations of two great children’s books series that my son is currently re-reading. Thinking about these reminded me of more series that are great to re-read. These are tried and tested great children’s books to get stuck into, read and re-read over and over.
The adventures of re-reading children’s books
There are many benefits for children in re-reading the same books. As well as helping to grasp vocabulary, fluency and confidence, it’s a great way for kids to unpick narratives and become really enthused about characters and worlds. This can especially be the case with re-reading books from a series of children’s books.
I am really pleased to introduce our first guest contributor – Anna. She would like to recommend a series of kids books that has been appreciated and enjoyed in her family by her son “Bee” and previously by his older sister. We also hear from Bee on why he loves the Tom Gates book series.
“They are interesting. I like how he does cheeky things, how he follows his dreams cause he plays in a band.” – Bee, 8.
You may have heard of the phrase “reluctant readers”. If your child seems to fit this description, you may feel worried that they will never be confident readers. But don’t panic. There are many ways to allow them to find the inspiration that will get them loving books. Often these can come along without any plan or intention, but there are some ideas you can try.
Reading recommendation for superhero kids
My Brother is a Superhero is a book that comes highly recommended from our household. You can tell how highly by how shabby our copy is. The spine is creased, there is wear and tear around the edges of the cover. The cover is actually coming lose from the spine. The book is well-loved and has been well read, several times over. If you like to see pristine books look away…
It was a surprise, but a very welcome one, when a “family reading time” was introduced to our daily routine. This was not an initiative of us parents or a suggestion from school to improve kids reading. The child of the house had introduced it. Whether our children are reading enough is often a concern for parents and for schools.
Kids reading at schools and tests
There is rightly an emphasis in schools on kids reading. “Are children reading enough?” – is probably a good question to ask. Another question which comes up a lot is, “are they retrieving the correct information when they read?” And kids are tested on their reading in schools from an early age.