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Donate a book to our library!  We are currently on a drive to improve our stock of books for children to read.  If you would like to donate a book to help us to achieve our aim of developing a love of books in ALL children, please consider buying a book: come to the office where we have a range of books available for you to buy.  Choose a bookplate to go inside the front cover, so that we know who donated it.  Many thanks in advance. 

New Reception parents: Please contact our local library to borrow a transition to school Book Bag for your child.  This contains picture books and some helpful tips for families. Please open the 'Transition Power Point' below for more helpful information.

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There are many sites where you can listen to or download free audio books.  These can be a great way of getting children 'in' to reading, especially where they can follow the text is an actual book as it is read.

Scholastic have produced an interesting article on why you should use audio books and link to seven different sites where free audio books can be found.

Read it here: Free Audio Books and Why You Should Try Them

Try 'Storynory,' by clicking on the name.

Storyline Online, have a wide range of stories that are read aloud for children to listen to.


This is a great site to explore with your children, which will help you to find books they will enjoy.

The following is an extract from their site, which provides top tips for nurturing a child's interest in reading.

Countless research shows the links between good reading skills from an early age and future success in life. However we also know it can be hard to get children really excited by books given the many other exciting leisure time activities fighting for their attention. Obviously having books they like is a great start but here are a few terrific tips for nurturing your child's interest in reading:

  • Reading should be a shared experience between parent and child in order to ensure a love of books from an early age.
  • Ensure your child sees you reading regularly whether it's a book, a newspaper or a magazine as it will instil a love of reading for pleasure.
  • Let your child help you choose the books you read together. If your child doesn't like a book, don't force him or her to read it. Let them put it down and come back to it after reading something else.
  • Read in a place that's comfortable for both you and your child. During and after reading a book talk about the story and take time to discuss the ideas in the book in order to ensure a greater understanding.
  • Give your child plenty of praise while reading. If they have a favourite book or author let them read them again and again but also introduce an author or book similar in style. Our Like-for-Like feature will help here.
  • Parents can enjoy online-time with children as much as watching TV with them. Specialist websites like Lovereading4kids are not only fun for online browsing, but have developed specialist tools such as the facility to download free Opening Extracts and search our author If They Like…They’ll Love function.
  • Many of today's parents are not aware that there are whole rafts of children's books written by great authors especially for them. These days, children don't have to be forced to read Dickens or Bronte. Harry Potter is not alone!
  • Above all, make reading fun.

Early Reading is taught using phonics as well as regularly reading with the children and developing their love of a good book.  The link here will take you to 'Phonics Play', parent area, which will help you to understand how children are taught using phonics, what the phonic phases are and how you can help your child with this important early skill.

Phonics Play

The importance of Reading

At Brightlingsea Primary School & Nursery, we really encourage children to read as widely as possible.  It is key to children's later success and because of its importance it is a requirement that children read regularly as part of their homework.

This is a useful document from the publisher Pearson, about how parents can help to establish their children as children who enjoy reading and read for plesure.

Click here: Enjoy Reading

Read the article below about the importance of reading from Reading Rockets.

Click here:   Reading With Your Child

The School Reading List provide lists of suitable reading books for different ages.  If you aren't sure what to encourage your child to read, these lists will be very helpful.

Click here:   Recommended Books 

Click here:  for the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Award site.  These are the UK's oldest and most prestigious book awards. 

 Ten Reasons for reading!

1. Children who read often and widely get better at it.

After all, practice makes perfect in almost everything humans do, and reading is no different.


2. Reading exercises our brain.

Reading is a much more complex task for the human brain than watching TV, for example. Reading strengthens brains connections and builds NEW connections.


3. Reading improves concentration.

Children have to sit still and quietly so that they can focus on the story when they are reading. If they read often, they will develop the skill to do this for longer.


4. Reading teaches children about the world around them.

Through reading a variety of books children learn about people, places, and events outside of their own experience.


5. Reading improves vocabulary and language skills.

Children learn new words as they read. Subconsciously, they absorb information on how to structure sentences and how to use words and other language features effectively in their writing and speaking.


6. Reading develops a child's imagination.

As we read, our brains translate the descriptions we read of people, places and things into pictures. While we are engaged in a story we are also imagining how a character is feeling. Young children then bring this knowledge into their everyday play.


7. Reading helps children to develop empathy.

As children develop, they begin to imagine how they would feel in that situation.


8. Reading is  fun.

A book or an e-reader doesn't take up much space and is light to carry, so you can take it anywhere.  You can never be bored if you have a book in your bag!


9. Reading is a great way to spend time together.

Reading together on the sofa, bedtimes stories and visiting the library are just some ways of spending time together.


10. Children who read achieve better in school.

Reading promotes achievement in all subjects, not just English. Children who are good readers tend to achieve better across the curriculum.