The power of reading aloud
All reading is good but reading out loud together in the classroom has a special sort of magic. Sharing books and stories is a great way to spend quality time together, thus increasing feelings of security and connectivity, and encouraging engagement and building skills, imagination and empathy.
Research conducted by Egmont Books UK, where families were encouraged to read aloud to – and with – their children during lockdown, showed that reading became normalised very quickly as a result, while children’s wellbeing improved and their attainment increased.2 Try the same in the nurturing setting of your classroom, and watch the magic start to unfold.
The Reading Agency is a national charity working to create a world where everyone can read their way to a better life. We use the proven power of reading to tackle life’s big challenges – building skills and learning, promoting health and wellbeing, and tackling loneliness and social isolation. We do this through UK-wide reading programmes developed in consultation with the audiences they serve, and delivered through schools, prisons, health centres, homes and in public libraries: www.readingagency.org.uk