Archive for November, 2011

Get London Reading.

November 21, 2011

There can be nothing more valuable than having one to one help with your reading. My own experience of working with individual children is that they not only benefit from the specific help you are able to give, but also that they thrive and feel nurtured when they have a grown up all to themselves, something that it is difficult for the class teacher to replicate when they have 29 other children to teach.

The London Evening Standard campaign which aims to”Get London Reading” has already trained hundreds of volunteers to work with children on a one-to-one basis in an attempt to make a difference to the one in four of the capital’s children who are not reaching the  required level by the time they are 11. This worthwhile project even had Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, getting a little boy reading who had previously shown no interest in books at all. Was this because she was royal? Well maybe, but perhaps we shouldn’t underestimate a kindly, grandmotherly  lady who was prepared to sit and listen while he read to her.

The local primary school near us relies so much on their parent helpers to sit with the children one to one and yet the numbers are dwindling-everyone’s so busy and really doesn’t want to commit to a whole morning every week. I would say that if you can only spare half an hour once a week when you drop them off, it could make such a difference to our children and their reading. I’m sure you would be welcomed with open arms by Y3,Y4 and Y5 teachers. In fact, if most parents in a class offered to stay for half an hour once a month, that would make a tremendous difference too.

Let’s Get Britain Reading!!

To find great book ideas to get them reading, whether they are keen readers or reluctant readers, visit us at Hummingbird Books.


New Diary of a Wimpy Kid – Out Today!!

November 16, 2011

The long awaited new  Diary of A Wimpy Kid book is out today! Jeff Kinney seems to have successfully accessed  the imaginations of 9-11 year olds with this brilliant series of books. They are especially suitable for boys who think they don’t like reading. Easy to read, they have tons of cartoon pictures throughout, making the actual reading child’s play for the more reluctant reader.

For more similar books such as the Tom Gates series, click on the following link to our “Easy to Read/Reluctant Readers section”

Reading to your dog

November 15, 2011

A recent US survey suggests that children encouraged to read to their dogs may  become better readers and want to read more. Sounds reasonable – many of the children I know have a great connection with their dogs.