At school, pupils are given access to a wide range of reading materials and books are encouraged to be taken home and read. Children chose their own book according to their AR level and they are encouraged to select these from a range of genres. In addition to this, they can also take out a library book. It is important for them to become familiar with a range of genres and see that reading is a key skill needed in everyday life e.g. reading street signs, cooking instructions, film/game reviews etc.
Questions to ask before reading the book
- What is the title of the book?
- What kind of book is it? (fiction, non-fiction, poetry, short story etc.)
- Who is the author/illustrator?
- Have you read any other books by the same author? What were they like?
- What made you choose this book? (Author, cover, illustration, recommendation etc.)
- Did you read the blurb before selecting the book?
- Could you tell anything about the book before you started reading it? What were the clues?
- Have you read this book before? Why have you chosen it again?
Questions to ask before your child begins or resumes their book
- What has happened so far?
- What do you think will happen next? What are the clues which make you think this?
- How would you like the story to end?
- Where is the story set? Is there a description?
- When is the story set? (Past, present, future)
- Who are the characters in the story? Who do you like/dislike? Why?
- Do you feel similar to any of the characters? Tell me what is similar?
Questions to ask when your child has finished their book
- Was the book as you expected?
- Was there anything you particularly liked/disliked about the story?
- If you have read this book before, did you enjoy it more this time?
- Did you notice anything special about the way language is used in this book?
- If you had written this book, how would you have made it better?
- Has anything that happens in this book ever happened to you?
- Can you describe an exciting moment or favourite part of the story?
- Who was telling the story?
- Was this the most important character in the story?
- Do we get to know the characters quickly or do they build up slowly through the book?
- Do any characters change throughout the story?
- Was the ending as you expected? Did you like the way the story ended?
- Do you like the illustrations? Do you have a favourite?
- Would you recommend this book to your friends? Why/why not?
Remember that it is also important for children to be read to. You can motivate children by sharing a book with them. If your child senses that you have a love of books and show enjoyment in reading they will in turn want to share your passion for reading. Thank you for your ongoing support. Your hard work will undoubtedly continue to enrich their lives and support their academic success.