Doorstep Library brings books into families’ lives because we know that reading at home is just as important as reading at school. Reading with your child can feel daunting, especially if, like many people, you’re not confident with phonics! But don’t worry – you don’t need to be a teacher to get the most out of reading with your child. The tips and resources below are all focused on making reading at home together as fun and enjoyable as possible.
Here you can find some guidance on how to support your child’s reading journey. At Doorstep Library, we know that making reading fun and enjoyable at home will help children feel excited when it comes to reading at school – and give children a life-long love of books.
- Choosing books: a guide to choosing books by age, from babies to 11+
- Reading tips: Doorstep Library’s top tips for getting the most out of reading at home with children aged 6+
- Shared reading: connecting with your child through books – let reading take you places, together
- Screen time guide for parents: In today’s modern world of screen usage, it is important to consider the negative effects of extended screen time on the eyes, minds, and bodies of children.
Early Years, 0-5 year olds
It’s never too early to start reading with your child. Studies have shown that it’s both a brilliant bonding activity for you and your baby and works wonders for their brain development.
- Choosing books: a guide to choosing books, specifically for children aged 0-5
- Reading tips: Doorstep Library’s top tips for reading with 0-5 year olds
- Top tips for reading with your little one: more reading tips in a quick video from Amy, our Project Coordinator for Lambeth
If you’d like to get support with a wide range of topics from finding your local library or children centres or even more information from your local council please see the table below.
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