“Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.” J. Addison
At St Edmund’s School Library we:
encourage reading for pleasure through:
- a comprehensive stock of fiction and fact books to cover all reading and interest levels,
- a selection of magazines to browse freely in the library,
- hosting events and author visits,
- library staff who experts in books for young adults,
promote effective study skills and independent learning through:
- knowledgeable staff to help with homework on hand all day,
- an extensive selection of resources for learning, both printed and online,
- research techniques instruction
- workshops on referencing and avoiding plagiarism
and provide opportunities for student involvement though:
- running a Library Monitor scheme
- offering a range of activities through our library club
What you can do at home
Read with your child. It sounds simple but time together can be pressured in modern families and some parents may not feel confident about their own reading. Below are some initial ideas to make reading an enjoyable part of your day.
Read anything! – Don’t worry if your child is mainly interested in comics or only likes horror stories. Research shows that it doesn’t matter WHAT children read as long as they read SOMETHING. Try and read the paper with your child, or the tv schedules or maybe a leaflet about the local community. Perhaps you can recommend reading materials to each other or try new things together? Perhaps your child would like a magazine subscription for their next birthday?
Join the library! – Your local library provides a range of services, including lots of books, CDs, DVDs and magazines to borrow and free access to the Internet through its computers. Even when you are not in the library, you can still use their extensive online reference materials. Library staff can offer advice and help with a whole range of enquiries. All of this is free of charge – simply get a library card! For details of Dover Library, click here: Dover Library Opening Times
Consider alternative formats! – Is it impossible to drag your child away from a screen? Consider eBooks – most devices like tablets and iPods allow you to upload eBooks, often for free. Or how about listening to an audiobook on your next car journey? You can get these for free from the local library.
Talk talk talk! – Talking to your child is vitally important for them to develop their literacy skills and become more confident in developing and expressing opinions. Discuss a movie you have seen, a book you have both read (give it a go – teenage fiction is more enjoyable than you may think!) or an item on the news.
Build your child’s confidence! – Try not to be critical if your child is struggling with reading as it can be very easy to become disheartened and frustrated. Reading should not be a chore – choose to read what YOU like, at a time it’s good for YOU and in a place that YOU feel comfortable in. The more reading is seen as a positive and fun activity, the more likely it is that your child will embrace the idea and develop their skills.
Don’t give up! – Like everything in bringing up children, encouraging your child to read for pleasure can feel like a really hard slog. But by persevering, you are giving your child one of the most important gifts in their lives: the gift of reading. There is lots of further help and advice available and of course, you are always welcome to discuss your child’s reading progress with their teachers.
NLT – The National Literacy Trust offers help, advice and resources to encourage everyone to read and improve their literacy skills. You can also find more information on how literacy skills benefit society.
British Dyslexia Association – The British Dyslexia Association website contains a wealth of advice to help dyslexic children with their schoolwork. There is also a specific section on helping your child to enjoy reading.
Booktrust – Booktrust is a charity whose mission it is to inspire a love of books. You will find book trailers, interviews with authors and recommendations for specific interest, age groups and ability levels here.
Achuka – Use the Achuka website for inspiration, book reviews and information about forthcoming books.
Ready to get reading? Great! Our reading lists are now quick and easy to access online. Get ideas for your child’s reading and help them to succeed in developing their reading skills while having fun.
Lists are provided for different age groups, students with Dyslexia or other reading difficulties, and for students who are avid readers but need a bit of a challenge.
You can purchase books directly through this website or print off lists to take to your local shop. Most of the titles on our reading lists are also available to borrow from the school library as well. Your local public library will also be able to lend these books to your child free of charge.