If you need help choosing what to read next there are all sorts of things to try:
- If you’ve read and enjoyed a book that was part of a series, then try other books in that series
- If you’ve read and enjoyed a book by a particular author then try other books that they have written. Most authors will have their own website, or a section on their publisher’s website
- Look in the back of books you’ve already read to see if they list other books to try
- Ask your friends for books they’ve enjoyed
- Ask the library staff to recommend something
- Browse the library shelves
- Find out who published some of your favourite books and visit their website
- It’s never too early to start sharing books with your child. Even if they may not understand the words, they love hearing your voice.
- Choose books with bold bright pictures. You don’t have to read the story, you can talk about the pictures.
- Babies and young children love books with rhyming text. Why not try ‘Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’ s Dairy’ or ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’.
- Books with flaps or textures, such as ‘That’s Not My Puppy’, are a great way to grab a child’s attention.
- Children who have been used to books at an early age learn to read more quickly at school so let your child spend time simply exploring books.
- You might get bored of reading the same book over and over again but your child won’t. Hearing the same story time after time helps your child’s language skills develop.
- Your local library has hundreds of books that are ideal for sharing with young children and babies, and it’s free to join and use.Even when your child can read by themselves you can still spend time reading together.