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Reading advice & tips, Support children with reading

How to make the most of your library to get children reading with confidence

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.

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Books, Children's books, Children's Fiction - Fantasy

Clockwork by Philip Pullman – this spooky classic will have kids reading like clockwork

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.

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Books, Children's books, Children's Fiction - Humour, General Reading Tips

Tom Gates books – laugh out loud adventures for your kids

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.

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Books, Children's books, Children’s Fiction - Science Fiction, General Reading Tips

Kids love My Brother is a Superhero – a well-worn kids book is a great sign

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…

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Books, Books for the grown-ups, General Reading Tips, Non-Fiction, Reading advice & tips

Kids should be reading more for enjoyment – and parents should be too

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.

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