I love it when I see a collaboration linked to reading that has so much potential which is why I’m shouting about a new online tool to encourage KS1 and KS2 readers with you today. Heard of The Bedtime Story Finder? No? It’s something you should definitely be using with your children to enrich their reading experience and to encourage reluctant readers.
UNESCO says that reading for pleasure is the single most important thing that will make a child successful in life. A bold claim, eh? Just let me say that again, reading for pleasure is the single most important thing that will make a child successful in life.
Unfortunately for many of us, getting your child to read can be easier said than done. The pull of the online world can be too tempting, and traditional paperbacks shunned in favour of games and social media.
A new online tool combining the powers of the internet and local libraries has been created to encourage young readers. Bed firm Dreams and social enterprise charity The Reader have joined forces to make the Bedtime Story Finder.
It takes the hassle out of the nightly hunt for a bedtime tale by allowing you to filter out stories that don’t appeal to you. These filters include ‘Song & Rhyme’, ‘Words that Charm’ and ‘Put on a Voice’. You can also filter by age range. Eventually, the collection of 150 classic tales will be narrowed down to just one or a small handful of titles. There’s old favourites from Roald Dahl and Dick King Smith, and newer gems from Julia Donaldson and David Walliams.
Just click on the book cover and a pop up window will show you the summary and categories with the chance to click through to find your local library.
You also have the opportunity of adding a book:
If you have a young reluctant reader, check out The Reader’s Top 5 Tips for reading with young children.
Do you have any tips to share to encourage reluctant readers?
ABOUT THE READER
The Reader know that the way to encourage a love of books from an early age is to read together! We work with children, early years professionals, teachers and parents in Shared Reading projects across the UK. By sharing stories in an informal and engaging way, our work is improving reading abilities, building bonds, confidence, self-esteem, and encouraging future generations to develop a life-long love of reading.
Our recommended reads for bedtime have been lovingly selected by our staff and volunteers, many of whom are parents themselves.
If you’d like to find out more about our work with children and adults then you can visit us at www.thereader.org.uk