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.
Clockwork: or All Wound Up is a mysterious tale. It’s perfect for young readers who love spooky stories. Reading it out loud together on Halloween or a cold winters night – snuggled and cosy indoors – should be a real treat. Although not a new release, Clockwork by Philip Pullman is a new read for our household.
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.
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.