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Reading and a love of books is a precious gift that you can give to your child. Books are a gateway to a different world every day. Through stories, you can take your child to places that are special and unique. This guide will hopefully share some ideas for books that children love, when to share them and what to do after you’ve read them. Whilst children can become fed up of a film, books are something that they will return to again and again. When a child becomes familiar with a story, they will happily sit and ‘read’ it to themselves whether they can read the words or not. Albert Einstein said, “If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.
Children need positive reading role models. If you read, they are likely to want to do the same. It doesn’t matter if it is a book, magazine or newspaper. Children also enjoy having a bedtime story right through to the Junior School and beyond. As your child gets older, they will learn to cope with stories with chapters. There are a lot of easier chapter books to buy, with a lot of illustrations to break up the text. Any of the teachers will be happy to share ideas about recommendations for books to have at home. The most important thing is to spend time with your child, have a cuddle and enjoy books