‘Twas the night before Christmas and parents alike, gathered to see what the children might like. A book, fairy-tale, audio novel? they thought. Reading Australia has you covered with what should be bought.
Choosing the right book can often be a challenge for parents who’d like to encourage their children to read over the Christmas break. Gifting a book that your child will find entertaining, rather than treating it as a learning exercise could be the key.
Reading is a key foundation in your child’s learning and development so it’s important that it’s nurtured to spark their imagination, stimulate their curiosity and help their brain development.
Copyright Agency’s Reading Australia, the online resource for teachers, has more than 50 books for children to explore. The Reading Australia team has created a list of ten books to add to your Christmas shopping list.
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Think about your child’s interests but don’t be afraid to try new authors and new illustrators to surprise and engage your child.
Early readers (Kindy to Year 3)
• Pearl Barley and Charlie Parsley by Aaron Blabey – about a beautiful friendship between two kids who are different in every way.
• Crocodile Beat by Gail Jorgensen, illustrated by Patricia Mullins – a perfect read-aloud book for early readers.
• Who Sank the Boat by Pamela Allen – a fun Australian classic ready to be loved by the next generation.
• The Lizard Gang by Kirra Somerville, illustrated by Grace Fielding – an engaging tale about teamwork.
• Mad Magpie by Gregg Dreise – an incredibly colourful picture book that teaches children how to deal with bullies.
Older readers (Year 4 to Year 6)
• Just Macbeth! by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton – even reluctant readers can learn about Shakespeare with this wacky adaptation.
• Fog a Dox by Bruce Pascoe – these three stories set in the Australian bush teach empathy for animals.
• Once by Morris Gleitzman – this author is guaranteed to turn your children into voracious readers – get them hooked with the Once series.
• Storm Boy by Colin Thiele – this magical Australian classic has been delighting children for over 50 years.
• Vampyre by Margaret Wild and Andrew Yeo – great for older kids who like spooky books.
The summer holidays are a time for children to refresh and recharge their batteries but that shouldn’t mean that reading becomes obsolete. Reading should be part of their everyday. Giving them books they enjoy helps to ensure they stay interested and go back to school having significantly improved their reading abilities. Don’t forget, to encourage your reluctant readers by reading aloud with them!
What are your kids favourite authors at the moment? Any new books in the Santa sack this Christmas?
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