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Practical advice and inspirational children's books to help your child become a successful reader.
Practical advice and inspirational children's books to help your child become a successful reader.

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My kids and I are big Roald Dahl fans, and this booklet is perfect for keeping track of which of his books we have read (and encouraging a bit of writing at the same time).
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Here are some great suggestions for new chapter books for 8 to 11 year olds.
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Does your child avoid the classics, put off by the archaic language and slower plots compared to modern books?  This article has some great tips for overcoming this reluctance.  Try reading the first 50 pages to your child, then they can take over once the story has got going.  Or try audiobooks or watch the film version first.  Don't miss the list of classics to try by age at the end of the article.
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Does your child ever start enthusiastically to write a story and then drift into despondency when they can't seem to write the masterpiece they were planning?  Help them get back on track by asking them to think of a funny, scary or mysterious situation and then write about what they would do if they found themselves in that situation.  Check out more writing tips here:
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The latest Scholastic reading report confirms that children prefer to choose their own books, with 91% of children saying "my favorite books are the ones that I have picked out myself".  If you still think your child needs some support in making good book choices, why not try the “Yours, Mine and Ours” strategy: your child chooses one book, you choose one for them, and then you both choose a third book together.  Read more about the report's findings here.
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Help maintain your child’s reading momentum and motivation by encouraging them to read a book series.  Your child will anticipate the next book in the series and familiarity with the characters and setting will help improve their comprehension and build confidence while reading.  Check out which series are currently top of the New York Times' list of US best-selling children's series.
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Is your child wondering what to read after "Diary of a Wimpy Kid"?  Check out the suggestions in this article.  We are currently on the second book in Lemony Snicket’s bestselling "A Series Of Unfortunate Events", one of the suggestions here, and loving it.
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Encourage your child to write a poem for Valentine's Day.  We found this simple on-line tool was fun to use and a great help in structuring ideas for our acrostic poem based on the word "Love".  In an acrostic poem the first letter of each line of the poem spells out a word, which encapsulates what the poem is about.
http://www.readwritethink.org/files/resources/interactives/acrostic/
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The 2015 winner of the Newbery Medal is "The Crossover" by Kwame Alexander.  This novel, suitable for readers aged 11 and over, is about two 12-year-old African American twin boys who are basketball stars.  When an attractive girl arrives on the scene, the brothers begin the painful process of moving apart for the first time.   The book is written in verse with quirky vocabulary adding an amusing touch to the narrative.  Read more about previous winners of the Newbery Medal here:
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The latest winner of the 2015 Caldecott Award was announced yesterday.  It was won by Dan Santat, the illustrator and writer of "The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend".  This is a picture book about friendship and courage.  An imaginary friend, Beekle, is born on an island far away and waits to be chosen by a real child.  Eventually, fed up with waiting, he heads off on a courageous and emotional journey to the city to find his own human.  Read more here about previous winners of the Caldecott Award, including our all-time top favourites.
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