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Here are some ways to help your child with reading that don't need you to be too involved. Although some may not be actual or 'proper' reading they all help to give purpose to reading... to foster a love of reading and develop vocabulary and knowledge.

Reading to their pets and teddies is a fun way for children to practise storytelling and reading. Even if they can’t decode every word on the page they can play with language – working on their vocabulary and expression and expanding their imagination.

Story Time from Space is a project that aims to inspire us all to actively engage in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) programmes. Listen to real astronauts from the European space Agency as they float around the space capsule reading you their favourite stories.

 Find Stories from Space here

‘Have a listen to some of your favourite authors read you their books, while the pages come to life before your eyes.’

Book Trust Stories on You Tube.

Book Trust is  a national charity involved in supporting children and young people to read.

Find the Book Trust Stories here

The Scottish Book Trust charity has an amazing collection of over 80 different short films of authors reading from their books and chatting about their lives and inspirations.

Find this collection at

From an American charity group – an Emmy nominated and award-winning website, Storyline Online streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations.

Reading aloud to children has been shown to improve reading, writing and communication skills, logical thinking and concentration, and general academic aptitude, as well as inspire a lifelong love of reading.

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World Stories gives access to texts in a range of languages.  It doesn't 'speak' the story to you but it is possible to use text to speech access on your laptop or device, or someone in the family may enjoy reading to the learner in their first language.  This helps to reinforce patterns and structures of language and is a valuable part of learning in first language to support development of learning in English.  

You can find world stories here