With World Book Day looming everyone is thinking about books and reading. So how can we make sure our children love books and reading both from an early age and as they grow?
1. Read aloud to your child.
Make reading part of both the bed and naptime routine. This is both a lovely bonding experience and a great way to wind down to sleep time.
2.Visit the Library
It's free and there are so many new books to choose from. Libraries often put on special events during the school holidays too.
3. Bring Stories to Life.
My little one became obsessed with Goldilocks and the Three Bears so we had got out some teddies, some different sized bowls and spoons and some porridge. She thought it great fun and it really brought the book alive for her.
4. Have Books Accessible
At home we have a box of books always hanging around on the floor and the book shelves are at child height too. This encourages the children to select their own books and so they can read a book whenever they choose. I always have a couple of board books in my bag to read if we are out having a coffee or waiting for school drop off.
5. Find alternative Reading Material.
Reading doesn't just have to be books. Buy a magazine and share a story in there or spot words and signs when you are out and about.
Reading is a vital and life long skill so it is so important in the early years to make reading fun and enjoyable!