Don’t like reading? Here are some tips to get you started
Step One: what to read - choosing a good book.
Do visit bookshops and libraries.
Take the books down off the shelves (it’s allowed!). Have a good look at them.
Take a photo on your phone of anything you think you might enjoy to remind you or make a note of the titles.
Read book reviews on the websites below to see what other people think of them.
On this website you can read short extracts of the books. If you like what you read you can buy the book at a discounted price. You do need to register first but it is free to join. Books are organised by genre.
2. http://www.lovereading4schools.co.uk/ - This is a ‘sister’ site to the first one but here you will find The Warriner School book lists.
3. http://www.theguardian.com/childrens-books-site - Lots of info about new books and authors.
5. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/books/childrens-books/ - Info about books and authors
Step Two: When to read - developing the reading habit.
Think of this reading time as you would view training for your favourite sport or practice time for a musical instrument. The more you do it the more you improve your skills.
So when is the best time for you to get some reading done? Make it a time which you can do easily, two or three times a week.
How about before you go to bed? It’s a great wind down at the end of a day and a break from the busy, blue screens of technology.
Step Three: How long to read.
Set yourself a 20 minute alarm on a phone, clock, or kitchen timer.
While the minutes are ticking down you have to read but when the alarm sounds you may stop.
If you do this 3 times a week you will read an extra hour more than you have been doing.
If you read for 20 mins every day you would clock up an extra 2 hours 27mins of reading skills practice time.
Step Four: Paper book or E-Book?
If you are put off reading by the length of a book or the size of the words, consider reading an e-book on an e-reader such as a Kindle or Nook. You can also download reading apps for PCs, smartphones and tablet computers.
The advantages of reading this way are:
- You get drawn into the story so you are not so aware of how many pages you have to read.
- You can make the text bigger.
- If you don’t understand a word you can click on it and the dictionary pops up with a definition.
- It keeps your place so you can just carry on reading where you left off.
- You see what percentage of the book you have read which motivates you to finish it.