Helping your Child to Read [Updated Edition]

Helping Your Child to Read is all about removing the anxiety from parents, and enabling you to give your child a head start in reading that will last a lifetime.

This book is essential reading for parents to help their child learn to read whilst developing a love of literature and a thirst to read. It will show you how easy and pleasurable it is to teach reading skills to their baby or child, yet be amazed at their progress.

It is also an excellent and extremely economical resource for schools as it is available in PDF format.
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Covering the ages from birth to confident readers. Helping your Child to Read:

  • Provides simple techniques to encourage and develop the language and skills a child needs to become a confident reader
  • Answers frequently asked questions posed by parents
  • Is full of activities and games that will improve reading skills and can be played by all the family
  • Gives advice about what types of books to read and other ways to use them with your child
  • Explains how to introduce the alphabet
  • How to teach letter sounds and teach the 100 High Frequency words that make up approximately 50% of children’s literature
  • Contains comprehensive booklists that are suitable for different ages and interests from babies upwards
  • Includes good quality websites for young children to use to introduce and consolidate reading.

Self- Help Book

Because I have experienced the anxiety that parents feel and the detrimental effect it can have on the children and also because I know that teaching a child to read starts from birth not from their first day at school, I have written this book specifically aimed at helping parents teach their children to read.

Sample chapters:

Page of Contents

Chapter 1- So What's the Problem?

Excerpt from Chapter 2- From Babies to Starting School

Excerpt from Chapter 3 - School Age children

Excerpt from Chapter 6 - High Frequency Words

Excerpt from Chapter 7- Recommended Book Lists

Why Parental involvement in reading is so important

  • The ability to read is the key to educational achievement
  • Every day there are stories of failing schools and young adults leaving education without the basic reading and writing skills they need to fulfil their potential.
  • Research evidence shows that parental involvement in your child’s reading is more important than anything else in helping them to fulfil their potential.
  • Studies show that when parents read with their children in a positive way it had greater impact on their progress than when teachers alone read with them.

Why Parents are so confused about what Approach to take with Reading

There is no shortage of information and advice for parents about the importance of children leaning to read. Actually, that’s one of the main problems. The media is full of stories about falling standards in reading, how rising numbers of pupils are leaving school without even basic reading skills. Then, there is the question of which methods should you use to support your children? One minute we are told by the experts that the teaching of phonics are essential, the next it will seriously hamper your child’s progress!

The acquisition of reading is an area of most concern to parents, particularly in the early years. It is often the first subject that schools ask parents to support their child with at home. And sometimes children are sent home with their first book without any help or advice for parents about how they should do this. Add to this parents, you meet in the playground, whose children are all taking to reading like “Ducks to Water” and appear to be much further ahead than your child is.

All these factors can lead to highly anxious parents, wanting to do the right thing but not sure how.

As a teacher I often faced parents who were anxious and distressed because their children weren’t progressing as quickly as other parents said their children were with reading. They, were insistent that their children "read" every night, admitted to confrontations when their children didn’t perform or didn’t want to read. The result was children who hated reading, parents who were concerned and angry with their children and friction between parents and their children. Even worse was the fact that this situation often caused irreparable damage to children’s confidence and therefore impacted adversely on their reading development.

Parents do not naturally know how to teach their child to read. They are always asking questions like, when should I start reading to my child? How can I help my child when they first start to read a book? What types of books are best for my child when they first start to read? Should I correct my child every time they read a word incorrectly? My child struggles to read a whole page, and then loses interest. What can I do? Helping Your Child to Read answers all of those questions and more

Why Choose my Book?

  • I have years of experience of working with parents and listening to their concerns about education, including reading. I have already successfully written booklets and provided workshops to help parents understand how their child learns to read and how they can help them. I therefore know that parents want a book that is practical, easy to read and jargon-free.
  • This is not a book written just for “bright” three-year-olds or even just for children of average ability. The activities and tasks are intended to develop all children. It will support less able and challenge the most able.
  • It is written in a friendly style that parents will trust. It explains how you can actively support your child in learning to read
  • It’s concise but extremely practical. Parents want immediate answers; you don’t want to have to read pages before you know how to help your child. It can be dipped into or read at one sitting
  • You aren’t a teacher and your child won’t want you to be. There are numerous activities and games that will promote and develop reading skills whilst being fun and stress free
  • Studies prove that the earlier a child learns to read, the better they perform in school and later in life. This book shows parents how to develop their child’s skills from birth not just once they reach school, as many books do.
  • It contains a comprehensive booklist together with brief synopsis to support the various stages of development and help you choose books, which are suitable for your child.
  • Many of the published books for parents are about teaching children to read in, for example, 100 easy lessons. There is a problem with this. It would be very unusual for teachers to be able to plan up to 100 lessons at a time. Most would plan a maximum of 10 lessons because all children differ in how they learn and the speed at which they learn. After 10 lessons or even less, an experienced teacher would review and evaluate, adapting the programme to meet the needs of groups or individuals. So what does a parent do if a child cannot grasp lesson 31 because lesson 32 onwards will be building on that? A teacher will plan lesson 31b. Worse still what happens if they don’t grasp lesson 1? These lesson by lesson books don’t have the flexibility to address that.
  • This book is not presented in a lesson format promising that you can teach your child to read in 140 lessons or by teaching them for 15 minutes every day. It takes the pressure away from the parent. Some of the activities have to be taught in sequence but most can be used according to how your child responds to them, how they are feeling, what their particular weaknesses or strengths are and how much time you have to spare.


You will not have to be an expert or have any prior experience of teaching; Helping your Child to Read contains everything you need to know to help your child learn to read. It provides you with easy to follow guidance and gives you the confidence to actively support your child in learning to read. It will make learning great fun for both parent and child.