The BookTrust is encouraging everyone to Make Time to Read this autumn and to share stories with our children.
Research shows that a child who reads for fun will do better at school, even in subjects like maths. Not only that, but when you read with a child both of you benefit from an incredibly bonding experience – forming precious family memories, long after the book is put down. BookTrust asks could you find just ten minutes a day to share a story with your child? On their web site there are plenty of tips and reading suggestions. Or you can visit our Federation web site to download or order some of our booklists to help you choose books your child is sure to enjoy.
Michael Morpurgo , speaking at the inaugural BookTrust lecture last month, called on schools to reinstate storytime at the end of the day when children can enjoy listening to stories and relaxing without the need to be tested or interrogated.
Reading is not just a skill to be learned, it is a pleasure to be savoured. The BookTrust Chief Executive says that children who enjoy reading are happier, healthier; they are more empathetic, do better academically and do better in life generally. So remember to share our own joy of reading with our children and to make the time to do it!
BookTrust’s Children’s Book Week this year is 31st October – 4th November and is all about celebrating the joys of reading for pleasure. There are plenty of ways to get involved. Visit their website for booklists, games and activities and tips on how to get even the most reluctant kids reading. The BookTrust is suggesting you use #childrensbookweek and share a photo of your kids on Twitter reading their favourite books in their Halloween costumes.
And remember that National Non-Fiction November starts during Children’s Book Week so you can share non-fiction as well as fiction with your children.