Reading With Children

World book day is celebrated across 100 countries Worldwide each year. Commonly on this day you will see lots of children heading to nursery and school dressed as their favourite book character, but the day was created for a much more important reason, to develop a lifelong love of reading.

A study in 2019 showed that reading for pleasure amongst children 0-13 years had decreased by 29% and nearly 400,000 children did not have access to any books in the home. From these figures, children from disadvantage backgrounds hold the higher percentage.

In all Woodberry settings, children have the opportunity to access books freely, as well as planned activities that includes reading stories, role play, story sacks and using books to explore a theme. We develop storytelling language using action stories – up on our feet, acting them out! Before the pandemic, we had started a book library for children to access and borrow books and return again. Having access to a range literature from the setting takes some of the burden off busy parents. This will return once safe enough to do so.

The opportunity for children to hear a story and be part of a story allows them to explore different feelings, learn new information and skills, ask questions, use new language and build relationships – all from the safety of a loved-one’s arms!

The benefits of reading to children include:
• Supported cognitive development
• Improved language skills
• Preparation for academic success
• Developing a special bond with your child
• Increased concentration and discipline
• Improved imagination and creativity
• Cultivating a lifelong love of reading

Every summer, libraries across Hampshire run a Summer Reading Challenge. This was introduced to encourage children to read in the holidays. They can choose the books they wish to read, either from the library or home and tell the librarian all about them. They receive prizes along their summer reading journey and at the end receive a medal and certificate. Make sure you keep an eye out for this year’s theme!
Winter reading challenges are also available across Hampshire. Last years theme was to find and share jokes found in books.

Here are a couple of our favourites:

What did the frog say when he went to the library?
Reddit, reddit, reddit!

Why should you not write a book on dragons?
Because writing a book on paper is much easier!

We hope this World Book Day you enjoy a treasured story with your child. 🙂

Useful links:
Summer Reading Challenge
World Book Day Information
Words for Life
Kids Zone
World Book Day Website
Southampton Libraries & Hampshire Libraries

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