Encouraging a lifelong love of reading and how to choose the right book for your child

Encouraging a lifelong love of reading - Ever-changing Life of a Mum

In conjunction with Dymocks

Most nights my children read before going to bed. It’s a bit of a juggling act with three children of such different ages – 2, 8 and 12 – but it’s something we have done together since they were toddlers and it’s a routine I will continue to encourage.

Even though my eldest is nearing high school and usually reads to herself nearing high school, she still enjoys sharing a few pages from the current book she is reading and often asks if she can read to me. I love that she’s getting to an age where we’re starting to enjoy reading some of the same books – there’s some really great young adult fiction out there!

Personally, I can’t think of anything better than curling up with a good book before bed … well anytime really!

So I was excited to be contacted by Dymocks last week and hear all about its new campaign to encourage more children to pick up a book and get reading for fun.

I was also offered the opportunity to ask Dymocks literacy expert and author Louise Park a few questions to help parents of children of all age develop and maintain a lifelong love for reading – in particular she offers some fabulous tips for how to choose the right book for your child!

There’s also a handy list of book recommendations for different reading stages, in case you and your child need help with choosing a book.

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Guest post: How to identify your child’s reading stage and help them progress

How to identify your child's reading stage and help them progress - Ever-changing Life of a Mum

I was a real bookworm when I was a child, devouring book after book after book. While my parents weren’t book lovers themselves, it was still something they encouraged me to do, buying me countless books and making endless trips to the library.

I have always enjoyed reading with my children and it appears that the apple really doesn’t fall far from the tree with my girls. Just before bedtime, they are always more than willing to read with me at the end of each night. It’s such a great way to finish the day.

So I jumped at the chance when Dymocks contacted me to see if I was interested in running a guest post and offered the opportunity to ask Dymocks Literacy Expert and State Director of the Australian Literacy Educator’s Association, Ryan Spencer a few questions of my own.

At my request, this post helps parents to identify children’s reading stages so they can progress. I also asked Dymocks to provide a few book recommendations for various age groups – I’ll be reviewing a few of these books in a later blog post.

I learned a great deal from this guest post and was pleasantly surprised when I realised I already had in place a few of the reading tips and strategies mentioned. I hope you also find it useful and informative for you and your children.

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