Books have been the topic of many conversations this summer with the highly popular ‘Look for a Book’ initiative, where children all over the region (and indeed the world!) have been hiding books for others to find.
It’s been a great way to get children in the outdoors and excited about books.
Today is National Read a Book Day, and whether you’ve found a book you haven’t read yet or you just want to choose an old favourite from your shelf, today is a good day to be inspired to read.
There are lots of benefits to reading with children and these start from an early age. I’ve always loved books and one of my favourite memories as a child is the bedtime story my parents would read to me every day.
Reading not only benefits memory and concentration but can also reduce stress. Sharing stories with children is a great way to develop their understanding and use of language in an enjoyable way. The more words a child knows, the more words they are able to use in conversation and then later in their written work.
From young children looking at picture books and hearing their parents name what they can see, to older children answering questions about what has happened in the story and predicting what might happen next; there are endless opportunities to develop speech and language skills with books.
Before children learn to read, they benefit from hearing lots of stories and rhymes. This helps to get them interested in stories as well as introduces them to a wide range of vocabulary. My favourite book as a child was ‘We’re going on a Bear Hunt’ and I’ve enjoyed this many times with the children I’ve worked with. The repetition and use of actions is really appealing to children and makes for a great activity for all the family or a nursery class.
And once you’ve read with your child today, why not settle down with a book of your own – there’s nothing quite like getting lost in a story!