8 – 9

Broad range

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Broad range

What to do with this activity?

Encourage your child to read a broad range of books and other materials like:

  • - stories
  • - poems
  • - comics, and books with pictures
  • - non-fiction books about nature, history, space or whatever interests them
  • - arts and crafts or hobbies books
  • - magazines about celebrities
  • - Information material like instructions, directions, maps.

Don't be too judgemental about what they are reading, especially if your child is struggling with reading. It's meant to be enjoyable, and if it encourages the habit of reading that is good. 

Encourage your child to use the internet to expand their reading, if that's what they prefer.


  • Why am I doing this?

    Reading is like a muscle – the more your child practises it the stronger their ability to read becomes. Reading with your child, encouraging them and giving them space to read makes reading part of their everyday lives.

  • How can I do more?

    Talk to your child about which books they liked and what they think would be good to read next. Look out for other activities for your child’s age group in your local library.
    Use magazines and newspapers for ideas, words and facts. Use the pictures as well as the words. Show your child different types of books - storybooks but also poetry and factual books for children, for example on nature, animals or insects. Encourage your child’s interest in reading about topics they enjoy, for example animals, music and football. Enjoying reading is the most important thing. 

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