Children's Book Week for families

This November, help your child discover just how fun reading can be for both them and the entire family.

Children's Book Week (13-17 November 2017) is once again all about celebrating reading for pleasure – and we'd love you to get involved.

Studies show that children who enjoy and feel confident in reading are better learners in all subjects – and not just in English. So whether they are ecstatic about their e-reader, crazy about comics, or bury themselves in a book, it's something worth celebrating.

Join in with Children's Book Week

The easiest and best way to get involved with Children's Book Week is to talk to your child. Everyone has a favourite book... Was it the story Grandad couldn't put down as a boy? The one you read with a torch under the duvet? Your baby's first book?

Begin by finding out which books mean the most to different members of your family – and why. Books can be favourites for lots of different reasons: a great story; an unforgettable character; or because it is so exciting, scary or funny, you never forget it. Which books do you love? Which books does your child love?

Our top tips

  • Read aloud to each other from a special book - whether an old favourite or new adventure.
  • Choose books that suit your child's interests. Whether they love comics, football, pets or dancing, there are hundreds of books that will capture their imagination.
  • If they want to read the same thing over and over, that's fine. What matters is that they are enjoying the experience.
  • Keep lots of books around. You can borrow from friends and family or the library, or buy from car boot sales, charity shops, bookshops or online.
  • Fantastic books are often made into amazing adaptations. Find out how your top title has been used, and then visit it as a musical or watch the film to see what you think!
  • If you're stuck for ideas, ask a librarian or someone who works in a bookshop for advice. They love to talk about good books and will be happy to help.

Great Books Guide

Check out our Great Books Guide

Your guide to our favourite children's books from the past year: download as a PDF or find online booklists for ages 4-5, 6-7 and 8+.

Reading tips and ideas

Tips for reading with your child

Our guide to having fun and reading with children of any age.

Watch a CBeebies Live Lesson

Different ways of writing stories

In 2016, BookTrust partnered with CBeebies on an interactive lesson for children at primary school, aged 5-7.

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