As teachers and parents it is vital that we inspire a love of reading in our children. We need to read to them and with them, model good practice, discuss books, comics and newspapers with them.
During the Easter holidays, we have carried out a detailed audit of our reading scheme, retired some well loved but now well worn books and tried to make the books we offer more appealing to the children. They were certainly very excited when we showed them some of the new titles that have arrived. We are strong believers in the value of good quality picture books for younger readers and have added lots of books to fill this gap. These will give you opportunities to share familiar stories and build vocabulary through discussion and explanation. Some of the books will be read in one go so the children can see the story unfold in one evening. There are many books which look more like those which the children might choose in a library session and less like a reading scheme book. We hope this will develop their interest and passion for reading. We have concentrated our spending this time on books for years one to four.
We would like to recommend The Book Trust website to you at http://www.booktrust.org.uk/books/children . The Book Trust offers great recommendations for children's books, monthly roundups of the best new books, booklists, and the ever-popular 100 best books for children. It is a valuable and free resource.
The Mrs Kemps would welcome your thoughts on the new books that the children bring home. Happy reading.