Reading and Sharing Stories
Reading and sharing stories is the most important thing you can do to help your child succeed.
Books contain new words that will help build your child’s language and understanding.
Reading together is fun and helps build relationships.
The impact lasts a lifetime. Readers are more confident and have greater job opportunities.
Children who are familiar with books and stories before they start school are better prepared to cope with the demands of formal literacy teaching.
If you need advice on finding good books, the staff at your local library, bookshops or schools will have lots of ideas.
For information on where to find support with your own reading click here.
Sources of information and support
Covers all aspects of book use for babies and toddlers with plenty of ideas and suggestions to help your baby start the learning process.
Booktrust is an independent UK-wide charity dedicated to encouraging people of all ages and cultures to enjoy books.
The National Literacy Trust is an independent charity that transforms lives through literacy.
Joining the library is free and there are lots of different kinds of books for babies and children as well as free rhymetime and storytime sessions. Joining the library can give your child the chance to explore and feel confidence with more books than any family could have at home.