We can all be captivated by a good book - and it is one of the few things we can still enjoy right now! Curling up with a good book can transport us into entire new worlds; sharing those worlds with our family members by reading to them can be magical. It all helps encourage our children to explore books for themselves, to find what they love, and to learn about the world they live in, worlds to be explored, and those worlds of pure imagination.
All children love a good story - initially to listen to, and to make up themselves. Why not nurture this and get involved in this years National Story Telling Week? Storytelling appeals to young and old; it can help develop a child's love of story, and reveal what interests them. Fairy tales? Space? Magic? History? Whatever they show interest in, there will be plenty of books out there to tap into those interests, encouraging them to read independently. For your younger children, it can also encourage them to learn to read. Teaching your child to read can be fun, although perhaps a little daunting. But help is out there! Did you know Reading Eggs are offering 30 days tuition support free to help your children learn? Many books for younger children are based on rhyme and the repetition of sounds. Worcestershire Libraries have produced their very own Rattle and Rhyme on their YouTube channel here. The younger members of your family will love this!
Once they have mastered the skill of reading, so many new and exciting worlds open up for your child. Is your child unsure what to read next? You may find they get drawn in completely to a certain set of books - the Harry Potter series for example, but what happens when they read the final chapter? Or if they just don't know which book to choose? Book reviews by others of similar ages can really help - we always love receiving your reviews (just email them here ) and share them with our readers. You can read our latest ones for years 5 & 6 sent in to us by the Deputy Head at Knoll School, Kidderminster here and even more Winter 2021 Book reviews here.
Getting hold of books may not be quite so easy right now, with schools and libraries closed. If you need a new set of books to read with your little one, Worcestershire Libraries can put together a bundle of children’s books for you to collect. Call 01905 822722 to speak to a member of staff at your nearest library or click on link HERE more details
Herefordshire Library have plenty of eBooks and Audiobooks to offer, which you can borrow free of charge. Audiobooks are great for reluctant readers - in fact there are plenty or reasons to tap into them for all! Read more about the benefits of audiobooks here
LibriVox have a huge range of free audiobooks, for all ages, read by volunteers around the world. Visit their website to pick books and listen on your computer, laptop or mobile device. If you have some free time, they are always looking for volunteer readers too!
Oak National Academy, with the National Literacy Trust, has created a virtual school library for free books, videos and activities aimed at primary school children. This is free until February half term.
The Reading Agency is holding The Winter Mini Challenge which encourages children to keep up their reading habits over the winter holidays, with a free-to-access website featuring rewards and incentives for reading and reviewing books. We are delighted that this challenge has been extended until 19th February
Don't forget, with World Book Day coming up soon (4th March) your child can use this time to pick a character they love - and can even help you make any costume or props in plenty of time for the day itself!
Mum. Nan. And editor of Raring2go! Hereford & Worcester.