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The BookBenches aim to inspire families to read more together. Here are some tips to help make story time special:


MWoct16 03320Share books with rhyme, rhythm and repetition – hearing rhyming words will encourage them to join in.

Find the children’s section at your local library and ask library staff to recommend books for you and your child to share

  • Sit where you can both see the story so you can talk about the pictures
  • Read little and often – just 10 minutes a day is enough to make a difference
  • Read favourite books over and over again. This will help your child to remember the words and join in
  • Point to the pictures and talk about them. Talking helps your child to become the storyteller. Try asking questions such as: “What do you think happens next?”
  • It’s nice to make links between stories and real life: “Do you remember when we saw a dog like that?”
  • Let grandparents, brothers and sisters and other adults join in with reading too

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