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Everyone knows that reading is the foundation of learning and education. But there are so many other wonderful things that reading brings to children: comfort and reassurance, confidence and security, relaxation, happiness and fun. It feeds their imagination, helps them to empathise, it even improves their sleeping patterns. Reading is also an amazing way for you to bond with your child. The magic of story and the shared experience of reading together in the early years will stay with you throughout their childhood and beyond.

Click on the appropriate section for ideas and tips on how to encourage a life-long love of reading for pleasure.

Age 0-4: How to Ignite a Lifetime of Reading for Pleasure

Age 5-7: How to Manage the Transition to School

Age 8-11: When Your Child Becomes a ‘Reader’

Age 12-16: When Other Interests Take Over