Emma has been a big fan of book ever since she was young, starting with the little buggy books and now she adores Dear Zoo and Pip & Posy. Since she was 4 months old, we have incorporated it as part of her bedtime routine and either me or Daddy reads her a story before we head upstairs for a bath and then milk. Daddy gets preference I would say as he does the all important voices! So when the lovely people at WILF Books asked me to host a guest post to spread the word, I jumped at the chance. WILF Books is a sharing-based children’s book delivery service; the following post was carefully selected by me and I hope you enjoy it!
Reading with your child is just a wonderful thing, isn’t it? There’s something, particularly in today’s digital age, that just feels so right. It’s that time where they can fuel their imagination for the next day’s play, foster their creativity as they lose themselves inside an amazing story and it gives us those moments where your heart just melts as your child starts to read those words back to you. They make us smile, they make us laugh, they make us cry, but best of all, they bring us together in those moments that can define our children’s. So, just how can we best enjoy those moments that matter?
Well, first and foremost, we think it starts with you. Children learn so much just from watching what their parents do. You’re their role model, and when your body language and attitude is positive towards reading, it gives children a really great example to follow. You, as a parent, can always facilitate and encourage reading in everyday life at the right moment, and here are five more ways through which you can foster a culture of reading within your family:
1.) Talk about what is happening in the story: Ask your child questions about the story and develop your child’s comprehensive skills without them even knowing it. “What was your favourite part of the story?”, “What would you have done if you had been stuck on the moon”, “Who was your favourite character?”, “What do you think would happen next in the story?” You needn’t overkill with questioning your child but one or two questions per book will certainly help your child’s imagination to run wild.
2.) Capture your child’s imagination and interests: Talk with your child about the type of book they think that they would really enjoy. Picture books, character books, story books, books with morals? Whatever their choice, Personalise their book choices so that the one you choose is a guaranteed winner, a book that is based on something your child loves will immediately ensure that they are happy and excited to engage in reading time. WILF Books can handle this for you, delivering you a customised, relevant selection of books every month.
3.) Read often: Capture their imagination whilst it’s running wild! Building and developing a reading pattern will help your child become familiar with stories and also allow them to get excited about the next book instalment. Let them know when you’ll be receiving new books to prompt their excitement. It will also help them realise the importance of books, realise that reading books equals happiness and build that sense of curiosity and excitement.
4.) Read aloud together: It’s never too early to start reading to your little ones. Even if they’re not able to read just yet, just hearing your voice can be soothing and bring happiness. For older kids, take turns reading each page of a favorite book. That’s a great relationship builder and you’ll find happiness in it too.
5.) Inspire that inner author or illustrator: Take time with your child to summarize the story or work with them to create their own by making marks on a folded piece of paper or if older they would write or draw their own story. Perhaps they would enjoy writing a book review, and take it into school to share with their friends? Champion their love for reading by celebrating success.
This post was brought to you by WILF Books: In summary a children’s book subscription service delivering your child personalised and relevant books on a monthly basis, along with an opportunity for them to share your own.
Our thought process is that many households have shelves full of children’s books that are no longer favourites for their children, but they could be for other children across the country. That’s where we’re looking to help. It’s our mission to recycle and redistribute the UK’s supply of children’s books to those who will love them the most.
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I was not compensated for this review but I love the idea and thought it was a great fit for my blog