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Reading for Pleasure!

Here at OLQM we are committed to promoting an ethos of reading for pleasure in our children. As part of this belief we feel it is important that parents are involved in this process. We understand that parents may feel unsure about what to do to encourage their child to have a love of reading and some of the literature their child may wish to read. Hear is a link to the Book Trust with support for parents, teachers and adults:


The majority of brain development occurs in the first three years of a child’s life. Reading to and sharing books with babies and young children, and giving them time to respond, feeds their brain, helps them learn new words and grows their vocabulary.


These words from Roald Dahl sum up everything we feel about reading. As parents and teachers it is often frustrating that some children never seem to be bitten by the reading bug however hard we try.

“I have a passion for teaching kids to become readers, to become comfortable with a book, not daunted. Books shouldn’t be daunting, they should be funny, exciting and wonderful; and learning to be a reader gives a terrific advantage” – Roald Dahl


Here are some top reading tips for parents

1. Encourage children to make time to switch off gadgets and pick up a book at least once a day.

2. Read for pleasure – a book, magazine, comic or graphic novel. It doesn’t have to be great literature, as long as you enjoy it!

3. Find a genre that interests you – history, humour, cookery, short stories, mysteries. There’s a lot of choice out there!

4. Share favourite books and authors with friends and read books that others recommend. You could even join a book club.

5. Read to your children! They are never too old to enjoy a good story, and even when they are young adults, read out short extracts that strike you as interesting or worthy of debate. From reading, discussion, analysis and evaluation can emerge – vital skills for life that we should be honing at every opportunity!