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How can I get my child to enjoy reading?

This is a common question I'm always asked at parents evenings, the conversation normally goes a little like this:


'What can I do to help me son/daughter become better at spelling or grammar?'

'Encourage them to read more at home as this will really help all areas of their literacy work, I cannot tell you how important reading is to everything'

'But they HATE reading'

'Ok, what are their interests/hobbies?'



As a teacher, I always feel sad when children don't enjoy reading. As a child I was exactly the same. I classed reading as boring and in all honesty a waste of time. Now as an adult I love it, I just wish I had more time to do it! I have learnt from experience that the main reason why children don't enjoy reading is because they have been reading the wrong types of books or they simply haven't stumbled across an author who captures their attention. It is really important to start of by linking it to their interests, for example if they love football find a book that has football as a theme. I have listed a few books to give a try at the end of the post if you are struggling to get your son/daughter to read.


I feel as though it is my duty to share my love of reading because subconsciously it really REALLY helps children with their writing. They are able to see perfectly modelled examples of punctuation being used, increase their vocabulary due to them seeing a wide range of writing styles from different writing styles and learn how to spell tricky words and see different paragraph structures and the best part they don't even know they are doing it!


Below are a suggested list of books to give a try that are linked to hobbies/interests if you are struggling to get your son/daughter to find a love of reading.


Football- 'The Football Boy Wonder' by Martin Smith

Dancing- 'Peril en Pointe' by Helen Lipscombe

Gaming- 'Only you can save mankind' by Terry Pratchett

Animals- 'The last of the really great whangdoodles' by Julie Edwards


Happy reading!

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