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Book Trust UK provides hints and tips on how to encourage your child to read more at home.

One of the most important areas for a child to develop is reading. Reading helps them build their vocabulary, their imagination and ideas as well as providing a fun activity. However, it is sometimes difficult to know how to do it or how to encourage them to read.

Book Trust have some fantastic hints and tips for parents on how to encourage their children to read more often.

Here are some of their ideas:

  • Read yourself! It doesn’t matter what it is – pick up a newspaper or magazine, take a look at a cookery book, read a computer manual, enjoy some poetry or dive into a romance or detective novel. And get your children to join in – if you’re cooking, could they read the recipe? If you’re watching TV, can they read out the listings?
  • Give books as presents. And encourage your children and their friends to swap books with each other – it’ll give them a chance to read new stories, and get them all talking about what they’re reading.
  • Encourage children to carry a book at all times. That way, they’ll never be bored (this is something you can do, too!)
  • Have a family bookshelf. If you can, have bookshelves in your children’s bedrooms, too.
  • Keep reading together. Just because your children are older, it doesn’t mean you have to stop sharing stories – perhaps you could try the Harry Potter series or A Series of Unfortunate Events.
  • Don’t panic if your child reads the same book over and over again. Let’s be honest - we’ve all done it!

If you would like more guidance see the two attached guides for parents about reading with their children, one in English and one in Punjabi. These are aimed at 4-6 year olds but can be adapted for any age. You can also have a look at their website: