The benefits of reading with our children ~ May #PaperyPeep

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On one of our most recent visits to the library, I had a chat with the librarian who knows our faces very well.  We go regularly, in between work, school and general life.

We used to go several times a week when I first returned to work after maternity leave.  Back then, I had 3 clear days off and we had more time to ‘play’ with.  As a result, our little bear absolutely loves our library and it’s been really lovely to see her go from the ‘book bus’ reading corner which contains board books, to chapter books like the Rainbow Magic series by Daisy Meadows (which she’s reading in this post).

On this visit, the librarian asked if I wouldn’t mind completing a short survey because they were looking to reduce the manned hours there.  Understandably, the librarian was very concerned, from her own personal (and financial) viewpoint but also for that of the community.

While Our Little Bear was at pre-school I remember one of their information posters which outlined the benefits of reading to and with children.  I was very pleased that we were already doing the suggested activities (and more) for the suggested amount of time.  We’ve been very fortunate that our little bear has a passion for books and has thrived in her reading at school.  She recently went up to stage 4 in the Biff, Chip and Kipper Oxford Reading Tree series.  (Proud Mummy-and-Daddy Moment!)  And read the whole book from beginning to end with no help – no mean feat with 24 pages at 5 years old, in my opinion…

Her love of reading has shown in her writing and spelling, too.  Just this week, she has got 40 out of 40 in a spelling test on high frequency words (also known as ‘tricky’ words).  You can see why I argue that literacy in our children is a bit like a jigsaw puzzle – the reading’s connected to the spelling to the writing…

With that in mind, it’s a real shame that part of the library ‘experience’ is likely to be affected by taking away that ‘stamping’ of the library book due to more self-service…


Do you visit your library regularly?  Have you seen the benefits of reading to your little ones?


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16 comments to “The benefits of reading with our children ~ May #PaperyPeep”
  1. Ah the Rainbow magic books – I’m soooo fed up of the plot!! Our girls love reading though although we don’t get to the library as often as we would like. It still makes me happy that as soon as I start reading a story to one of them the other will immediately come over to listen too even if the TV is on or they are playing with something else. Books are such a big part of my life I’m pleased me girls feel the same way. #TwinklyTuesday

    • It IS very cheesy but that’s obviously the appeal to our young readers! How lovely that they both love to read and would rather do that over having screen time or playing with something else 🙂

  2. We have a mobile library that comes once a week – I used to go a lot when it was just Jessica but the steps were difficult to manage with both children so haven’t been for a while. I really should use the library in the next village more though as we go to a toddler group opposite it. It is a shame to see libraries having to reduce paid staff and potentially be at risk of closing though.

  3. Oh it is a real shame about library opening hours being reduced. I used to take my son about once a week as they often have story time at the library which he used to really enjoy and we’re always reading in this house. I go less often now as it’s not as easy with a baby but maybe I should make this more of a priority,

    • Yes, go! I find that reading a book at library (whether yourself or by someone like the librarian) really helps to bring it to life. Particularly because our library isn’t a “shush, quiet!” one! Must be something about the expectant setting…

  4. Oh, that is a shame. Boo always loved trips to the library, though to be honest now that she’s at school, we go less frequently, and I seem to be buying more! She loves the Rainbow Magic books, too. I’d agree that a love of reading sets them up so well at school, as it then improves their writing and spelling, too. It’s instilling a wonderful pastime for life, too. Thanks for sharing with #PaperyPeep

  5. Hi, I saw your link over on Twinkly Tuesday. I am also an avid preacher of the importance of reading with your children. My husband and I have read to our son every day since he could focus on a book and I´m sure it´s the reason why he is an avid reader in both Spanish and English and why he is so far ahead in reading compared to other children in his class. At school my son does a library visit every week (although he always brings home a Dora book of one kind or another.) Good for you for getting your child in to reading!

    • …and good for you too Jane! Wow, a bilingual son! There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that reading from early stages makes such a difference to literacy. We did exactly the same from the day our little bear came home from the hospital. I could go on about this all day… Thanks for popping by 🙂

  6. I recently volunteered at a used book sale and the Rainbow Magic books were a popular series kids often asked about. Also were the Encyclopedia Brown books too. So many great kids series out there! Visiting via #PaperyPeep linkup

  7. I’ve recently joined our local library and I’d forgotten what great places they can be. I was a regular in the library back home with my homework in the pre-internet days – it was a real treat to escape there! #paperypeep

    • Ah yes the pre-internet days! I can just about remember them… 😉 I do think it’s easy forget about all the information at our fingertips in a book rather than ‘virtually’ at our fingertips. I used to love our secondary school library for the peace and quiet!

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