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Booktrust – inspiring a love of books.
Carnegie/Greenaway Awards – two yearly awards for outstanding children’s literature and illustration.
Books for Keeps – a fantastic online magazine.
World Book Day – a once yearly celebration of reading.
Children’s Laureate – an outstanding author or illustrator of children’s books awarded every two years.
Bookbuzz – a school reading initiative from Booktrust to support schools and encourage reading for pleasure in Year 7.
Reading Zone – a great website for book recommendations, reviews, competitions etc. There are different age sections and a young adult area.
The Guardian teen books – great for book ideas, reviews etc
Tips for parents to encourage reading
- Be seen reading by your daughter – newspapers, magazines and books. Discuss topics of interest or get them to read a particular article/paragraph. Students are more likely to continue to be readers in homes where books and reading are valued.
- If your daughter attends a sports club/youth club in the evening then reading in the car is ideal if they travel well.
- Visit your local library together and choose books that appeal to you both. Swap them afterwards, talk about which one you prefer and why. This could be something you do once a month.
- When you go shopping incorporate a visit to Waterstones for a browse of the latest books/bestsellers.
- Fifteen minutes reading a day will make a huge difference. Try to encourage your daughter to make this a habit; e.g. straight after brushing her teeth before bedtime. Perhaps you could read your own book with them at the same time?