Reading tips

Sharing books with children is so important.

That's why we've put together some helpful hints about sharing books, including filmed examples of reading to children and advice on what makes a good storyteller. You can also find tips for engaging reluctant readers and encouraging older children to read.

In this section

Reading with your child

Get tips and advice on reading books with children and babies.

How to read aloud well

Reading Fairy's Emily Guille-Marrett shares some brilliant tips for reading aloud to children.

Examples of how to read with your child

Watch our videos for examples of the best ways to read with your children.

Encouraging older children to read

Read our tips and tricks aimed at encouraging older children to keep reading books for pleasure.

What makes a good storyteller?

Top tips and advice to parents and carers to make sure story time with your child is an enjoyable, fun part of the day.

Tips for reluctant readers

Author Jeff Norton reveals his top tips to get children reading – even if they don't think they like books!

Tips for carers and foster families

Reading tips and useful resources for carers and foster families

Tips and guidance to download

Reading with your child: 0-12 months

Download the booklet

Babies love looking at pictures and hearing your voice as you read to them. Check out our brilliant guide to sharing books with children aged 0-12 months, available in 20 languages.

Reading with your child: 3-4 years

Download the booklet

Just ten minutes shared reading a day can help your child grow into a happy, confident learner. Find out more with our guide to reading with children aged 3-4 years, available in 20 languages.

Reading with your child: 4-6 years

Download the booklet

Sharing books and stories can help children understand the world around them and develop key social and emotional skills. This handy booklet is available to download in 28 languages.

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