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Reading is such an important activity for children. Children are naturally inquisitive and growing up reading and listening to stories remains a big part of their education and childhood. The Cat in the Hat, Harry Potter, Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory are just a few books which stand out to me personally as definitive stories from my childhood.

Whilst the storyline and characters are the initial things that I think I have taken from those stories, it may be that some of the biggest qualities were subconscious. Learning new words, expanding children’s vocabularies and growing their confidence with reading aloud are all hugely important skills to have in adulthood. Reading is a key activity which develops these skills, and perhaps visualising the words in an actual book helps children to understand what it means and how you use the word in relation to real life situations.

Reading helps children improve their concentration and teaches them about different scenarios that can take place in the world. Children’s stories tend to be fiction-based and by reading a variety of books, this grows a child’s imagination and creativity. Encouraging children to enjoy reading plays a big role in that of a nursery teacher or parent, as if children are willing to read, this will only enhance their vocabulary and conceptual understanding of the world.

Here are some of my favourite books which I have enjoyed reading with children recently (and they have enjoyed them too more importantly!):

Ages 0-3 - ‘Guess How Much I Love You’ by Sam BcBratney, illustrated by Anita Jeram

Ages 2-5 - ‘The Tiger Who Came To Tea’ by Judith Kerr

Ages 4-7 - ‘The Enormous Crocodile by Roald Dahl’, illustrated by Quentin Blake

Ages 7-10 - ‘The Wind In The Willows’ by Kenneth Grahame

Ages 10+ - ‘The Harry Potter Collection by J.K. Rowling

Ages 12+ -  ‘The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time’ by Mark Haddon

Introducing books to children from an early age will help them to develop a love of reading that will hopefully last  them throughout their life.

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