How parents can help with reading

Reading aloud to children is one of the best ways to get them interested in books. When you help your child learn to read, you are opening the door to a world of learning. Here are some ways to get the most out of reading to your child.

Bookstart - free packs of books

Bookstart has free packs of books for your baby and toddler. There are also extra packs available for children who have a hearing or vision impairment, or who speak English as an additional language. Find out what's available from Bookstart and how you can get your child's packs.

You might find the Bookstart website useful too, as it's full of activities for your child and ideas for you.

Ideas for encouraging a love of reading

It's never too early to start sharing stories with your baby. Take a look at our series of Read with Me leaflets which are full of simple tips you can try with your child. There are five in the series from newborn to five years old.

You can also get tips in the Read with Me photo album on our SurreyFIS Facebook page and on our Learn with me web pages.

The National Literacy Trust website has lots of advice and tips for parents, including tips on reading stories aloud.


Libraries are a great place to go to borrow books and if you need some new ideas, check out their book suggestions. They run all sorts of events, like rhymetime and storytime you can join in with. And their Pebble Penguin library card is just for under fives.

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