Encouraging reading for enjoyment from an early age can help children on their reading journeys, inspiring a lifelong love of sharing stories and books. Research shows reading for pleasure has a dramatic effect on many life outcomes for children such as their well- being, confidence and educational achievements.
BookTrust knows from our work with parents and carers that reading with your little-ones and keeping them engaged with a book is not always easy, especially during school holidays when they would rather play or watch TV than pick up a book.
We’ve created a list of tips and ideas to help you get your child reading, encouraging a positive reading habit and making books as enjoyable as possible.
Books in the garden
Give your children books, alongside their footballs and kites, to enjoy when they are outside in the garden playing during the holidays. Then they can look at a book as a break from playing, encouraging them to read for enjoyment and keeping them entertained for longer.
Local Library fun
Over the summer holidays why not check out your local library or bookshop, there will be lots of special activities on for you and your family to enjoy.
Books and cuddles
Chose some books to read together whilst you relax and enjoy the sunny afternoons. Story time is the perfect time to retreat away from noise, television and mobile phones.
Making noises or sound effects when reading with your children helps bring the story to life. Try to get your child involved by asking them to make the sound for every character or animal they see.
Bath, book, bed
Children not following a Bath, Book, Bed routine are less relaxed at bedtime, get up more often during the night and get fed more frequently. This is according to a survey polling over 1,000 families on bedtime routines and sleeping habits. BookTrust’s annual Bath, Book, Bed campaign aims to solve these problems in three easy steps, encouraging parents to stick to a simple bedtime routine and asking families to share stories as a regular part of bedtime to help their little ones sleep soundly.
Jo Frost, worldwide parenting expert and BookTrust Ambassador said: “BookTrust’s Bath, Book, Bed campaign is a really straightforward approach to tackling a problem that most parents with young children face – the bedtime battle. Bedtime routines do not need to be complicated for especially-tired parents on their last legs. Implementing healthy sleeping habits, and a consistent bedtime routine will not only calm down the child and parents but, provide an environment so that both child and parent can read together helping them both relax and wind down. Meaning everyone will be well-rested, happier and healthier.”