Why read books with your children?

Monday, 22, Feb, 2016

We all know that reading is a great life skill and there's lots of evidence to show that the more children read, the better they do in school. Here are just a few more benefits of reading books with your children that you may or may not be aware of. Encourages basic reading skills. Reading whilst following the words helps to teach children how to read left to right and differentiate between pictures and words. The more you read together, the better they'll be able to read by themselves. ....

Literary Events This Spring

Sunday, 07, Feb, 2016

This year is going to be huge for books both old and new, for adults and for children. There are plenty of book-related events going on this year; highly anticipated releases, awards celebrating the creme de la creme and events both online and in the real world. Here are just a few of the events taking place over the next few months. 6th February- National Library Day. Up and down the country libraries will be hosting family-friendly events exploring books as well as there being competitions ....

Making Learning to Read Easier and More Fun

Sunday, 31, Jan, 2016

Helping to teach your child to read is rewarding but can be hard work for both you and your child. As well as reading books with your children, there are plenty of things you can do to make the process more fun and enjoyable as well as helping to expand their knowledge and understanding of words. 1. Only focus on a few letters at a time. To avoid overwhelming your child and to make sure everything is sinking in, only focus on 3 or 4 letters or blended sounds at one time. 2. Explore poetry. ....