Information for parents and carers

Reading has the power to change lives and enjoying reading in childhood has a huge impact on educational attainment and future wellbeing. The First Minister’s Reading Challenge aims to give every child and young person in Scotland the opportunity to experience the benefits that reading for pleasure brings.
To do this, the First Minister’s Reading Challenge supports schools, libraries,communities and families across Scotland to develop a life-long love of reading.

The Challenge is open to primary and secondary schools as well as libraries, youth groups, sports clubs and other community groups, and it’s completely free to get involved. Ask your child’s teacher or group leader if they have registered, how your child can participate and how you can support them at home.

How you can help your child to read for pleasure

There are many ways you can help your child to fall in love with reading and support them throughout the First Minister’s Reading Challenge: 

  • Let your child decide what to read – they will be much more enthusiastic about a book or magazine that’s related to their interests.Help children find books they’ll enjoy. We have recommendations for everyone on the Scottish Book Trust website. All reading is good reading!
  • Visit your local library and ask the librarian for recommendations.
  • Read aloud together and talk to your child about what they are reading. It’s a great way to enjoy a good story together, shows that you value their opinions and interests and builds confidence.
  • Check your child isn’t struggling through books that are too challenging, or being bored by something overly simple. 
  • Be a positive reading role model. If your child sees members of their family reading, discussing what they have read and carrying books around, they will value reading more. 
  • If your child has a Reading Passport with them, help them fill it in. It’s a great opportunity to talk about the books they enjoyed, and what they didn’t.  If they don’t have a Reading Passport, why not start a reading log together? 

Remember: One of the most important things you can do with your children is make time to talk about books, stories, and words. Let them develop their own interests and, above all, help them to value reading and the world it opens up to them.

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