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Why non-fiction is important for reading development

Roderick Hunt MBE, co-creator of Oxford Reading Tree, asks ‘Why is non-fiction important for reading development?’ Why is it important to widen children’s early reading experience into reading non-fiction and information books? It is because the literate, print-bound world for which children are being educated requires the ability to process information and master the many … Read more

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What are reading schemes and why do they matter?

What are reading schemes? A reading scheme is a series of books that have been carefully written to support the process of learning to read and to help children make progress as readers. What educational researchers know about how children learn to read – and how best to motivate them to learn – is changing … Read more

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Building reading dens

Since my boys were babies, I’ve been keen to make books and reading feel very special. This doesn’t mean saving books for special occasions or insisting they are treated more carefully than other toys – this would totally ruin their appeal! It’s about making the experience of sharing books special. Reading together at bedtime is a … Read more

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Your local library — a forgotten treasure trove

Guest blogger, Clare Turner, is a Primary School Librarian with a passion for books and reading for pleasure. She has two children of her own. I still remember visiting my local childhood library with my mum. It was a place to explore; a treasure trove containing the keys to hundreds of different worlds. I may … Read more

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Why is animal fiction important?

If you ask children whether stories, and books, are important they always say yes. The more difficult question is why are written stories important? My short answer is that a book allows us to learn from things that haven’t ever happened to us — by letting us imagine, and therefore experience, what the characters see … Read more

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Preparing for the KS2 SATS reading test

In May of year 6, your child will sit a reading test as part of their end of Key Stage Two National Curriculum Assessments (SATs)*. This is designed to assess how well your child is doing in relation to the National Curriculum programme of study for reading, and is primarily a test of reading comprehension. … Read more

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Read the world

Let them know it’s reading time SO… World Book Day has come around and it’s looking like Sophie out of the BFG or The Boy In the Striped Pyjamas. Again. Yep. You heard about the dressing up bit at 9pm last night. First you made a noise like a squirrel trapped in a toaster. Then … Read more

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How to pick books for struggling readers

Are they reluctant, or are they struggling? Lots of parents worry about their children’s reading. Perhaps they find reading very difficult or maybe they would just prefer to play on their tablet, be outside with their friends or do anything, in fact, rather than sitting with a book. There are two main types of worry … Read more

Developing empathy through reading

I’m a children’s writer named Anne Booth, and three of my books (with a fourth coming next year), each beautifully illustrated by Sophy Williams, form the Lucy series for Oxford University Press. I’ve always loved children’s books, and really enjoyed selling them as a bookseller and studying them for an MA in Children’s Literature. I … Read more