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Reading advice for parents

Which books should my child be reading?
We want you to enjoy reading with your child and whilst we can give you recommendations and guidance if you ask for it, the best thing to do is enjoy reading whatever it is your child chooses. Picture books can be enjoyed by anyone at any age so don't stop reading them when your child moves onto 'proper books'!

When children are just beginning to read independently we recommend trying the beginner readers, those with a single stripe yellow sticker on the spine.

Your child then may move on to short books with chapters, younger readers, which can be found in the library marked with a double stripe yellow sticker.

Junior fiction and younger teen books are also available at all our libraries

My child finds reading difficult.
We have many fantastic books that are accessible to all. Comic books, graphic novels and picture books may help your child become more confident with their reading. We also stock Barrington Stoke books – they specialise in publishing books for dyslexic and struggling readers.
Children’s books on CD are a great way to encourage children to enjoy stories and they can be borrowed free from all our libraries.

Do you have children's books in languages apart from English?
Yes we do – they are mostly dual text picture books. They have the story written in both English and another language such as Panjabi or Polish, and are great for sharing with your child. Call into your local library to have a look.

How many books can my child borrow?
Children and Adults can borrow up to 30 items from the library. No fines are charged on children’s books.

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