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A lot of great children's movies were books first!
Sometimes a child who is a reluctant reader will be happy to start reading a book if they have already enjoyed the film. They will have a vivid picture in their heads of the main characters; they will "hear" the dialogue as they read it. This will make it easier for them to enjoy the book. Often book publishers put still images from the film on the book cover to attract a child who knows the movie. It doesn't matter too much what your child is reading in terms of quality - comics included - as long as they gain the habit of reading for fun.
If you need suggestions, click on the PDF above right for a list of books that were made into popular movies. Don't forget, you can borrow books and videos free from your local library.
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.
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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