When it comes to reading with your child the best advice we can give is start reading to them early and read to them often. Sharing stories and books with your child is crucial to developing a lifelong love of reading.
Remember when reading together it is not only about the words on the page. Take time to talk about the pictures and the words. Point out interesting details in the pictures and ask questions about them. This is a great way to develop your child's vocabulary. Also you can make it fun by using voices and sounds as you read, you might even like to sing the words! And don't forget to express to your child how much you love reading and books.
In our experience, some of the best books for young children are those that give plenty of opportunities to interact with the story both verbally and physically. Look for stories that use repetition of phrases and rhymes – popular authors like Dr Seuss, Julia Donaldson and Lynley Dodd create captivating cadence with these devices. Also look for onomatopoeia, animals that can be mimicked, surprise endings, humorous illustrations and content that stimulates questions or invites the child to spot something ahead of the narrative.
Some of our recent favourites are:
Boo! by Ben Newman (published by Flying Eye Books)
Find the Wolf by Agnese Baruzzi (published by Templar)
One Day in the Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus Tree by Daniel Bernstrom (published by HarperCollins)
Ten Little Superheroes by Mike Brownlow (published by Orchard Books)
Shh! We Have a Plan by Chris Haughton (published by Walker Books)
I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen (published by Walker Books)
Press Here by Hervé Tullet (published by Allen & Unwin)
Penguin by Polly Dunbar (published by Walker Books)
Wow Said the Owl by Tim Hopgood (published by Macmillan Children's Books)
Shark in the Park by Nick Sharratt (published by Picture Corgi)
Big Red Bath by Julia Jarman and Adrian Reynolds (published by Orchard Books)
Chocolate Mousse for Greedy Goose by Julia Donaldson and Nick Sharratt (published by Macmillan Children's books)
Stuck by Oliver Jeffers (published by HarperCollins)
Recent research by the National Literacy Trust in the UK cites shocking statistics about life expectancy being shortened for children growing up in areas with serious literacy problems. World Book Day is one of the events supported by the National Literacy Trust to encourage reading. We are celebrating this special day at Tanglin on Thursday, 1 March with a book character and dress-up day for Infants and Juniors. There will be lots of fun activities celebrating books and our love of reading, please check our facebook page on Thursday to see how our community gets inspired by these special days!