What to do with this activity?
Oxford Owl is an excellent website resource run by Oxford University Press. It offers a wonderful range of e-books for children up to the age of 11.
It is free, although you need to register with your email address and a password. We think it's definitely worth it!
Click on the yellow link below for the Oxford Owl website, and get your child reading some great stories. All the books are computer and tablet friendly. You can search the books under the heading "Ages" to choose books suitable for your child, and you can choose to hear the book being read if you wish.
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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