Reading with Children

Reading brings parents and children closer together

Reading gives parents an opportunity to spend quality time with their child and it can also be beneficial for your own mental wellbeing. Parents often put pressure on themselves to spend long periods of time reading with their child, however, research suggests that even 10 minutes of reading a day can have a dramatic impact. BookTrust, the UK’s largest children’s reading charity, notes that it is never too early to start reading with your children. Below we have suggested our 'Top 10 recommended books' based on the age groups 0-2 , 2-3 and 3-4 years old.

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our top 10 recommended list

0 - 2 years

“There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island.” – Walt Disney

BookTrust recommends

BookTrust’s recommended books for 0-1 years: CLICK HERE

BookTrust’s recommended books for 1 year olds: CLICK HERE

BookTrust’s recommended books for 2 year olds: CLICK HERE

Our ‘Top 10 recommended books’ for 0-2 year olds:

  1. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
  2. Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell
  3. The Baby’s Catalogue by Janet and Allan Ahlberg
  4. Where’s Spot?  by Eric Hill
  5. We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury
  6. Mr Grumpy’s Outing by John Burningham
  7. Owl Babies by Martin Waddell and Patrick Benson
  8. The Odd Egg by Emily Gravett
  9. HUG by Jez Alborough
  10. Handa’s Surprise, Walker by Eileen Browne

What are you favourite books to read to your 0-2 year olds? Send us your suggestions!

our top 10 recommended list

2 - 3 years

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go.” - Dr. Seuss, “I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!”

BookTrust recommends

BookTrust’s recommended books for 2 year olds: CLICK HERE

BookTrust’s recommended books for 3 year olds: CLICK HERE

Our ‘Top 10 recommended books’ for 2-3 year olds:

  1. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
  2. Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney
  3. Whistle for Willie by Ezra Jack Keats
  4. Where Do Diggers Sleep at Night? by Brianna Caplan Sayres
  5. Duck and Goose, 1, 2, 3 by Tad Hills
  6. A Little Stuck by Oliver Jeffers
  7. Up, Up, Up, Down! by Kimberly Gee
  8. The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler
  9. The 3 Little Pigs by Patricia Seibert
  10. We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury

What are you favourite books to read to your 2-3 year olds? Send us your suggestions!

our top 10 recommended list

3 - 4 years

“You can find magic wherever you look. Sit back and relax all you need is a book!” – Dr. Seuss

BookTrust recommends

BookTrust’s recommended books for 3 year olds: CLICK HERE

BookTrust’s recommended books for 4 year olds: CLICK HERE

Our ‘Top 10 recommended books’ for 3-4 year olds:

  1. The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr
  2. Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers
  3. Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson
  4. The Snowman by Raymond Briggs
  5. Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell
  6. We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury
  7. The Cat in the Hat by Dr Seuss
  8. I want my hat back by Jon Klassen
  9. Whatever Next by Jill Murphy
  10. A Squash and a Squeeze by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

What are you favourite books to read to your 3-4 year olds? Send us your suggestions!

Practical Pre-School Books

Practical Pre-School have put together a downloadable Planning For Learning through Books booklet, to help children busy with activities’ inspiration. Click HERE to download it.

Supporting children through Coronavirus

Early Years Story Box has put together a book and activities to help children to be able to understand what is going on and to process their thoughts and feeling about it all.

Click below to access the story book as well as activities such as a scavenger hunt, mask making, a song and many more!

Click here: Early Years Story Box

Reading with Children

Top tips

Reading should be fun! It's a time for closeness, laughing and talking together – and it can also give children a flying start in life and help them become lifelong readers.

Jolly Phonics Letter Sounds

Learning to tell sounds apart is a key literacy skill in the Early Years and a first step in being able to read and write.

As parents and teachers we do this orally – helping our children distinguish between sounds like ‘d is for dog, c is for cat’. Being able to tell sounds apart in this way is called sound discrimination.

Learning beginning letter sounds is the next step to linking a child’s oral language skills to written language – what they see and will attempt to write themselves. It is extremely important that, as adults, we model the correct pronunciation of the letter sounds. Saying the wrong sounds for each letter, sounding out words (segmenting and blending) extremely difficult for young children. Examples of this are:

‘muh’ instead of ‘m’ – try to sound-out the word ‘manner’, when the initial sound is ‘muh’ and not ‘m’.

‘buh’ instead of ‘b’ – try to sound-out the word ‘banana’, when the initial sound is ‘buh’ and not ‘b’.

‘tuh’ instead of ‘t’ – try to sound-out the word ‘tennis’, when the initial sound is ‘tuh’ and not ‘t’.

It is more difficult to ‘unteach’ the wrong sounds, once learnt.

A video, demonstrating the correct pronunciation for the 42 letter sounds in the English language, can be found by CLICKING HERE.

Want some more guidance?

There is no right or wrong way to read with your child, but if you would like some extra tips, BookTrust have put together a few top tips. Click HERE to read them.

You can also watch a short video to gain some top tips about reading with your child. Click HERE to watch the video.

David Walliams audio books

Listen to David Walliams daily audio book by clicking HERE.

BookTrust audio books

Listen and sing along to a number of audio books recommended by BookTrust. Click HERE to access.

Storynory audio books

From fairytales, myths and poems to classical stories, there is a full range of audio books on Storynory. Click HERE to access.

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