We have also created some digital resources to help you spread the word about the value of reading together and share your reading ideas and activities to help engage and inspire others.
Top tips for reading with your child
If you’re not feeling confident about reading aloud or sharing books, don’t worry – there’s no right or wrong way to enjoy a story together. But if you’d like some tips, here are a few pointers to help you get started.
- Ask your child to choose what they’d like to read. They’ll feel more interested in the story if they’ve picked it out themselves.
- Ask questions and talk about the book. Picture books can be a great way to talk through your child’s fears and worries, or to help them deal with their emotions. Give them space to talk, and ask how they feel about the situations in the story.
- Have fun! There’s no right or wrong way to share a story – as long as you and your child are having fun. Don’t be afraid to act out situations or use funny voices… your little ones will love it!
More from Time to Read
Find out more about this year’s brilliant free Time to Read book pack that Reception classes across England and Northern Ireland will be receiving from November.
Do you want to encourage reading for fun at your school with Time to Read? Find out more about how to get hold of the book pack and some great ideas to get your class excited about reading.
Everything you need to know about the Time to Read programme and campaign to get families reading together.
Reading tips and ideas
Our guide to having fun and reading with children of any age.
Fun at home
Looking for something fun as a family? Enjoy storytime with our free online books and videos, play games, win prizes, test your knowledge in our book-themed quizzes, or even learn how to draw some of your favourite characters.
Search for activities about books for you and your child to enjoy together.