Enjoy Reading

Welcome to the Enjoy Reading site, designed to give you advice on helping your child to enjoy and benefit from a love of reading.

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As parents, we all want the best for our children. We’re probably all aware that it’s important to make sure they are confident, fluent readers who enjoy reading, but often it’s hard to know where to start. Should you read to your baby? What can you do to help get your children familiar with words and reading before school? And how do you help them progress at school when the teaching is different nowadays?

We hope that this guide will help answer some of your questions, as well as give you some advice and inspiration on how to help children enjoy reading.

At Pearson, we’re dedicated to helping people progress in their lives through all kinds of learning. That’s why we’re also supporting several other reading initiatives as part of our ‘Enjoy Reading’ campaign.

Download our enjoy reading guide for parents

If you’re the parent of a pre-school age child, make sure you check out Booktime, the national free books programme. It provides a free book pack for every child aged 4-5 years in England and Wales to share and enjoy with their family and friends, with the aim of encouraging reading for pleasure at home.

Similarly, if you’re the parent of a child in year 5 or 6 at primary school, the exciting new national ‘Read for My School’ competition, which will run in 2013, will give your child the opportunity to win free books for their school by taking a reading-for-pleasure challenge.  Head to www.readformyschool.co.uk for more details.

In the meantime, why not check out one of Julia Donaldson's new short plays online for free, which help make reading out loud even more enjoyable. Read all the parts yourself or let the computer read some of them for you.

The Children's Laureate, Julia Donaldson said:

"These books are rooted in my own experiences. When helping to oversee a reading group with my eldest child, I realised that sometimes when reading books children would read in a wooden way, and get bored easily when it wasn't their turn.

"I hit on the idea of writing some very short and simple plays where they could all get involved. It worked a treat. The children loved having a part to read, and they started putting much more expression into the words."