Supporting Your Child’s Reading
A child who reads for pleasure is more likely to be a child who achieves at school and become an adult better equipped to enjoy and exploit their life to the full.
Sign them up as a library member as a baby and make visiting the library a regular and enjoyable part of their routine. It’s a great thing to do as a family and your child will develop fond memories of sharing the experience with you.
Bring your baby along to a Baby Bounce morning for songs and rhymes and later on enjoy an Under 5s morning with stories and rhymes.
As they get older, encourage your child to discover for themselves their favourite types of book. Why not encourage them to take part in the annual Summer Reading Challenge? It’s a great way to keep the reading habit going over the long summer break.
The best thing is the library is free to join and free to use!
Supporting Your Child with their Homework
There’s a homework club in a library near you where we can help your child to get their homework done. We don’t teach or tutor, but we can give your child patient, free support to encourage their skills and confidence. Plus, we’ll listen to your child reading, something we know parents appreciate. Click for more details here.
If you’re looking for some ideas for books for your child to enjoy, check out the links below to organisations that have great websites full of ideas for all ages. www.booktrust.org.uk/books/ www.wordsforlife.org.uk/
Booklists that Help
Here are some themed booklists that can help you to help your child. Click here for lists of books on loads of subjects for babies, children and teens.
Fancy Yourself as a Storyteller?
If you’ve got a favourite children’s picture book or fairy tale, why not have a go at sharing with other families by reading it at one of our under 5s mornings? If you’d like to read a story but don’t know what to read, talk to our staff who will recommend something! Find out more here .
Childminders, Foster Carers and Carers of Children with Special Needs
Did you know that childminders, foster carers or carers of children with special needs can have a special library ticket making it easier to ensure children you look after enjoy reading? Find out more here. Childminders are very welcome to come along to our regular Baby Bounce or Under 5s mornings. Our Finsbury Library (EC1) has a special story time for childminders. Click here to find out more.
As well all the usual books that children can enjoy while in your care, there are also books designed for those special times in your child’s life and for you as a childminder or foster carer. Check our online catalogue or view our recommended list.