The Summer Stars Reading Challenge taking place in public libraries across Ireland is now up and running, including Co Kildare.
This free reading scheme encourages children to continue to read throughout the summer, with participants receiving rewards as they progress through the programme (including a reading card to record the books they've read, bookmarks, wristbands, notebooks and an invitation to a special prize-giving event in late August).
There is further information available on the Summer Stars website www.summerstars.ie where there are online games and activities as well as a range of animated ebooks.
There are also helpful tips for reading and recommended titles by age group for children to read.
TOP TIPS FOR READING WITH CHILDREN
Encourage children to choose stories they are likely to really enjoy.
Try to keep stories appropriate to their reading level. If too hard or too easy, they may lose interest or confidence.
Comic books or graphic novels can be a good way of helping children to follow the story if they have difficulty reading or are reluctant readers.
When they find a word they don’t understand, try to avoid telling them the meaning straightaway. Ask them instead to guess what the unknown word is likely to be based on the pictures near to it or by looking at the full sentence around it.
Give lots of encouragement and praise for even the smallest accomplishment.
Focus on the enjoyment and fun of reading. If you show an interest in reading and learning yourself, your child will be more likely to follow your lead and explore as well.