Reading - books and activities

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Dear [NAME]

The summer holidays are a great opportunity to enjoy reading and to take time to discover some of the superb books which are available. Over the year, we have reviewed hundreds of books covering all interests and for all age groups. We add to our reviews as frequently as new books are released, so make sure you keep checking back at Best New Books to see what we've added. There are so many wonderful books I wanted to include but space didn't allow it, so please look at the reviews on the site.

worksheet Learning to read Preparation for reading starts at a very early stage - try the suggestions in the worksheet alongside. Above all, reading should be enjoyable, so Help Your Child to Enjoy Reading. Learn to Read is a page packed with ideas to use at home to help your child. We also have an extensive section of reviews on a variety of early readers and reading schemes.
Our fiction book reviews are divided into four age ranges - we have books for babies and toddlerspicture books, books for 5 to 11 year olds and books for 11 and over. Below you will find some of my recent favourites.
Busy Alice in Wonderland Herman's Holiday Half a Man Black Waters
Carrie's war Our worksheets on specific books and authors are an excellent way to encourage children to think about the books they are reading and to give them a background to the story. Many of them also include comprehension passages. You can find the entire range here. For the younger children, we have Thomas the Tank EngineWinnie the Pooh is always a favourite. Older readers will enjoy learning more about The Lord of the Flies. These pages are also excellent for use in school, by librarians and teachers.
Many children enjoy - and even prefer - non fiction. If children are somewhat reluctant to read, they can often be encouraged by receiving books which are about a favourite hobby, sport or personality. Below you will find some books which may be of interest - please look at our non-fiction reviews for more.
My First Book of Farm Animals Our New Baby Inside (One Shot) Thirty Days Has September: Cool Ways to Remember Stuff Big Ideas That Changed the World
The World Around Us Whether you are going away for a holiday, having days out in the country or at the seaside, or staying at home visiting local parks and open spaces, the summer is a great time to get to know more about the world around us. Here are some super books to encourage and inform children.
Seashore Handbook The RSPB Big Birdwatch England Unlocked RSPB First Book of Mammals
quiz Why not use their new-found knowledge to try out some of our fun nature quizzes? Our Nature Quiz will encourage children to observe the world around them and if they don't know the answers, suggest they use books to do some research. We also have a Plant Quiz and our Weather Quiz is all about that all-important topic.
Teachers - do you know that we have a comprehensive collection of books from major educational publishers on the site? These include Raintree, Bloomsbury and Hachette and you will find the reviews invaluable when choosing books for the classroom or school library. Our page on Book Resources for Teachers includes recommendations and links.
Autumn - Creative Planning in the EYFS Adventure Stories - Writing Stories Brilliant Activities for Gifted and Talented Children The SENCo Handbook
 
worksheet We have a wide range of resources to encourage reading and the use of libraries. One of the best ways to encourage reading is The Summer Reading Challenge which takes place every year during the summer holidays. Children can sign up at their local library, then read six library books of their choice, collecting stickers and other rewards along the way – all FREE.
Enjoying the world around us Here are some books full of ideas for outdoor activities, come rain or shine.
The Wild Weather Book Get Out Nature Puzzles & Games The Stick Book 50 Things to Do Before You're 11 3/4: My Adventure Notebook 2015
Activity books are a fantastic way to keep children occupied during journeys, to have on hand perhaps when waiting for meals or appointments, or to take out into the garden and enjoy. They are an excellent way to develop and reinforce many key skills, including concentration, reasoning and creativity.
Little Children's Travel Activity Book Just Imagine: Colouring Book Interactive Art Book for Kids The London Activity Book
Reference and General Knowledge Books Finally, a selection of reference books which will be useful for all families.
Geography A Children's Encyclopedia The Kingfisher Children's Encyclopedia Ask Me Anything What gives an Ocean Motion?

Best wishes
Sarah

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