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Helping Your Child With Reading

Here at New Park Primary, we believe that reading is a partnership between home and school and that reading with your child on a regular basis is vital. Research shows that it's the single most important thing you can do to help your child's education. It's best to read little and often, so try to put aside some time for it every day. Even five minutes a day can make a difference.

Think of ways to make reading fun - you want your child to learn how pleasurable books can be and here at New Park, we really try to encourage reading for pleasure. If you're both enjoying talking about what is happening on a particular page, linger over it for as long as you like.

Books aren't just about reading the words on the page, they can also present new ideas and topics for you and your child to discuss.

Tips for helping your child to enjoy books:

  • Encourage your child to pretend to 'read' a book before he or she can read words.
  • Visit the library as often as possible - take out CDs and DVDs as well as books.
  • Schedule a regular time for reading - perhaps when you get home from school or just before bed.
  • Buy, or hire from your local library, dual-language books if English isn’t your family’s first language - you can talk about books and stories, and develop a love for them, in any language.
  • Look for books on topics that you know your child is interested in - maybe dragons, insects, cookery or a certain sport.
  • Make sure that children’s books are easily accessible in different rooms around your house.


We ask that when you hear your child read at home, you record it in their reading diary and both diary and book are brought into school each day. This helps us keep a track of their progress and we are able to continue reading with them in school. 

The Importance of Hearing Children Read.

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Useful Websites


Please check out the websites listed below. Here you will find lot's of free e books, book recommendations and resources that will support your child with reading for pleasure at home. 

BookTrust is the largest reading charity in the UK. They work to inspire a love of reading in children because they know that reading can transform lives. Two million carefully chosen books are given out to children throughout the UK. Every parent receives a Book Trust book in their baby's first year.

Here you will find a free eBooks collection, developed for children aged 3 - 11 years old. Help your young child learn to read with The Oxford Reading Tree (featuring our much-loved Biff, Chip and Kipper characters), watch your child develop their love of reading with Project X, or simply browse the range of over 200 eBooks for inspiration.

All the free eBooks are tablet-friendly. Just register to get started.

Lovereading4kids was created to be the best recommendation site for Children’s Book from toddlers to teens. It has been created using the experience of parents and book lovers, who want our children to read great books.

Books for Keeps is the UK’s leading, independent children’s book magazine. It was launched in 1980 and ever since has been reviewing hundreds of new children’s books each year and publishing articles on every aspect of writing for children. There are over 12,500 reviews on the website and more than 2,000 articles including interviews with the top children’s authors and illustrators.

“Free Kids Books is a growing library of unique children’s books and literary resources available for download in a user friendly pdf format.

We aim to provide easy access to great free children’s books and resources, for the enjoyment of reading and writing, and to promote improved literacy standards, and thus improved lives.”

Our local Kensington Library and Central Library in Liverpool City Centre, stock a wide range of books, CDs, DVDs and talking books for children and young people. If that’s not enough, you can also:


There is also a beautiful space in Central Library for children to discover a wealth of books.