Teach Your Children To Love To Read
17th Aug 2018

Teach Your Children To Love To Read

In the era of on demand TV, youtube videos, and computer games how do parents raise readers?

Start early

Children are never too young to be read to! Reading to babies helps them to learn sounds, words, and language, and eventually, to love books. Books for babies can include cloth, board and bath books. The books can have textures, colours and mirrors. But in the early months, baby just really enjoys the sound of your voice!

Read it again!

There are so many great books out there, why do I have to read the SAME book over and over?! Repetition consolidates learning. Reading the same book again and again helps your child build their vocabulary and comprehension skills. Not to the mention the fond memories they will have thinking back on their favourite childhood books.

Go off script

Talk about the books. What do you think happens next? Why do you think she did that?

Ham it up and use goofy voices. Insert your children’s names in the place of the characters.

Don’t Stop

It makes sense to read to your children when they are little and can’t read for themselves. But it’s important to keep reading aloud even when your children can read.

Reading is reading

Don’t be a book snob. You might not like your child’s choice of books but anything that gets a book into your child’s hands is a good thing.

Read yourself!

Finally, model reading habits. You might like to set a regular time when the screens are turned off and everyone reads. Go to your local book retailer before you head away on holidays and each person -- including you! -- chooses a new book. 

Here are some of our favourites:

FOR AGES 0 to 12 MONTHS

VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR LET'S COUNT SOFT BOOK

$19.99

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The 'Let's Count' Clip on Book is perfect for any newborn or toddler. The fabric book also includes a teether and crinkle pages with a sturdy clasp to attach to a cot or a pram

FOR AGES 0 to 12 MONTHS

LAMAZE OLLY OINKER SOFT BOOK

$19.99

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A soft book with peekaboo flaps, crinkles, and bright colours. Follow Olly Oinker around the park as he explores and meets new friends. Who will Olly meet along the way? Soft discovery pages feature bright, friendly characters for visual stimulation and language skills.

FOR AGES 2 TO 5 YEARS

GOODNIGHT TRUCK BOARD BOOK BY SALLY ODGERS AND ILLUSTRATED BY HEATH MCKENZIE

$9.99

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Truck, Digger, Boat, Tractor and Rocket work very hard through the day. But once night falls it’s time to rest and say goodnight.

FOR AGES 2 TO 5 YEARS

HUSH LITTLE POSSUM + CD BY P. CRUMBLE AND ILLUSTRATED BY WENDY BINKS

$19.99

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'Hush, little possum, don't you cry, Mama will keep you safe and dry.' When the sky begins to rumble and the rain begins to fall, brave Mama possum hurries to find somewhere to keep her baby safe and warm. Sing along to Deborah Mailman's beautiful CD recording, based on the classic lullaby. 

FOR AGES 5+ YEARS

MOPOKE BY PHIL BUNTING 

$24.99


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Mopoke the owl loves peace and quiet, but the bush is full of many, many annoying disturbances. Poor Mopoke is about to find out that you can't always get what you want.

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