Look for a Book

In Blog, Communication, SLCN by Julie

The latest craze sweeping the North East at the moment is ‘Look for a Book’. If you haven’t already heard, it’s an idea which is keeping children of all ages entertained and outside in the fresh air.

Children are hiding books all across the region with a note in telling people they can choose to leave it, read it or take it home. They are then encouraged to take a photo and re-hide it and post the pic on the Facebook group.

I am so excited that this is happening as I know how much enjoyment hiding rocks brought last year, and this initiative brings even more fun. I am passionate about anything that gets children out and about and enjoying experiences, particularly those that also promote Speech and Language Skills.

Families have been hiding books for the last few days but the official launch was this morning. I decided to hide a few books of my own as I love how much books promote language and communication and it’s such a wonderful idea.

Books are a great way of developing vocabulary, shared attention and storytelling skills. Children learn a large proportion of their vocabulary through reading and listening to stories and this can begin at an early age.

I created my own notes to hide with my books, letting people know what it’s about. I used symbols from Boardmaker Online to make it more accessible for children with Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN).

Symbols are images which represent concepts and help children to visualise the meanings of words. Using symbols, helps children with a range of difficulties understand more easily (e.g. children with difficulties understanding language such as Developmental Language Disorder, Autistic Spectrum Disorder and other additional needs).  

There is a pdf version of the symbol message that I used in the resource section of my website which is freely available to use.

I hid some books in Newbiggin-by-the-Sea this morning before I did parkrun and another in Ashington this afternoon when I went shopping. Let me know if you found them!

I hope the enthusiasm continues throughout the remainder of the school holidays (and beyond!) If something is getting children excited, talking more and in the outdoors then it’s a big thumbs up from me!

Check out the ‘Look for a Book North East’ group on Facebook to find out more.