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Have a read of our Hot Topics articles on reading and writing for children under 5 years old.

From the benefits of reading to young babies to the power of books, learning the alphabet, encouraging pre-schoolers to read and write and more.
The power of books

The power of books

Reading to your child every day is a wonderful way to spend some time with them and support them in their learning. Snuggling up with your child and reading them stories helps them to develop a positive attitude towards books.
Choosing great read aloud books

Choosing great read aloud books

So how do you choose a great read aloud book when there are so many good children’s books out there? Books that will become firm family favourites and hold your children’s interest time and time again. Check out these 4 tips to help you find read aloud books that your baby, toddler or pre-schooler will love.
Benefits of reading to babies

Benefits of reading to babies

A book is a baby’s first theatre and now US paediatricians are urging parents to read to children from their earliest days. Even the smallest babies are ready and eager to engage and tune into what is being read to them.
8 ways to make story time fun

8 ways to make story time fun

Toddlers and pre-schoolers have an attention span of around 10 - 12 minutes, and once it’s exhausted, learning and listening are no longer fun for them. So mix it up. Use one or two of our ideas for each book you read and make story time as fun and as interactive as possible for your little ones.
As easy as ABC! Learning the alphabet

As easy as ABC! Learning the alphabet

Being able to read is a vital life skill, so make the early stages of learning the alphabet as fun as possible for your little ones. Young children learn and develop best through using their whole body, all of their senses and their natural environments. You’ll find that most children begin to recognise letters when they’re about 2-3 years old, and are able to identify a large number of letters between 4 and 5 years old.
Learning the phonics alphabet

Learning the phonics alphabet

Do your kids know their phonics alphabet? Learning to read and write is a major milestone, but you can help your preschooler learn the basics using the phonics alphabet.
Encouraging your pre-schooler to read & write

Encouraging your pre-schooler to read & write

Why is it that some children enjoy writing and drawing and for others it’s a struggle to get them to even pick up a pencil? Children are unique and each has individual ways in which they learn. There are many different learning styles and many children lean towards one, while also being a combination of others.

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