Reading with children as they get older!

Our house is full of picture books and we are certainly not ready to move on from them, however I am very aware that Tom is getting older and I want to make sure I continue supporting his love of books and reading. I am very conscience of the next step of reading for two reasons, firstly because as a child I struggled reading and never read those classic books that other children did, I feel I didn’t have a love of reading as a child and I missed out. Secondly, as a teacher I taught early years so as a teacher I developed a good knowledge of picture books but not the next step in children’s books. These two reasons have led me to feel excited about Tom’s next step in reading!!!

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When we were in a charity shop recently we looked at the simple chapter books, we bought a couple of “Horrid Henry” as I felt familiar with the author. Tom really enjoyed being read a chapter at a time and being able to use a book mark! Just before Tom was born I bought a Roald Dahl collection and they have been sitting on the shelf in Tom’s bedroom since then, as we have watched “Charlie and the chocolate factory” the film, I thought it might be a good longer chapter book to start with. Tom really enjoyed it and I look forward to sharing another of Roald Dahl books together soon.

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We are so blessed to live in a time where there is such a wealth of quality children’s books, so many classic books I would like to share with him as well as exploring newer authors. I want to support Tom at his own pace and interest, generally at the moment at bedtime we read a picture book and chapter of a longer book both that he has chosen- this seems a good balance for us at the moment.

Which books do you recommend I read with Tom? What is your favourite chapter book? xx

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