With a child in school reading becomes a huge focus and reading books and sight words come home daily in the book bag. Reading the phonics books that come home I know all about the lives of Kipper and Biff, and Sid (if you are a UK Mum of a child who is or has gone through reception year you will know exactly who I am talking about) and there is a danger that you can turn children off reading at this time.

Supporting a love of Reading at home #loveliteracy

Reading is meant to be fun, enjoyable and not just about learning to read and it’s critical that the fun and enjoyment you have had with books previous to starting school continues. Here’s some ideas and resources that you can support a love of reading.

Cooking with Kids

Yes one of  my first ideas to support a love of reading and learning to read is with cooking – get a good children’s cook book we have a few that I use with my kids. Recipe’s include a list of ingredients many of which can be easily segmented and blended so children who are learning to read can read the words to you. Often good children’s cook books are supported by pictures of ingredients which can although those that are in a pre-reading stage to help to find the ingredients and what to do.

Cooking with Books

I love the ideas from The Educators’ Spin On It on cooking with books – this post has got 10 fantastic ideas for cooking with books.

Host a book themed Party

Parties don’t have to just happen because it’s a birthday or celebration. Turn a play date into a book themed party – send out an invite to a couple of friends ask them to dress up as characters from the book – have a look at these ideas from Mommy and Me Book Club for some book inspired costume ideas.

Bringing books alive the tiger who came to tea

We have hosted 3 book inspired parties – our favourite The Tiger Who Came To Tea by Judith Kerr.

Reading time

Quiet Time Activities

We have time set aside when my husband gets home that J and him read his school reading book and look at his sight words it then gets put away – and truth be told we don’t read it every day we quickly found out that as the books are very short that he learns them and then will “read” ahead without turning the pages. Instead we read other books – I ask for words to be pointed out he will try and segment the title of the book. It’s not just at bedtime, I use sitting down with a book as a way to relax him after a day at school after dinner.

Create Activities around books.

Creating Activities for BooksJust because they are at school it doesn’t stop you at home creating activities around books like you have done previously. The Educators’ Spin On It guest posted on Rainy Day Mum back in 2012 with some ideas for creating activities for books.

The Virtual Book Club for Kids is a great way to help you find inspiration for activities with books, as well as introduce you and your children to new authors and books. Each month a new author is introduced and on the 2nd Monday of the month the Virtual Book Club co-hosts post ideas to bring those books alive for children from toddlers up. Check out the Virtual Book Club information page to find out who the next author is and watch out for the next activity from us.


Today in the UK is World Book Day (23rd April in the rest of the world) and we are joining with some fabulous other UK bloggers to share some ideas for encouraging reading at home and in your lives.

Rainy Day Mum

Pop by and check out the cohosts

The Fairy and The Frog  Here Come the Girls Sun Hats and Wellie Boots Actually Mummy

 My Little 3 and Me ~ Damson Lane   Thinly Spread 

We are hoping to inspire you and have included a link up below. If you are a blogger please come and link up book inspired posts, from crafts, activities, learning, recipes to information about encouraging reading at home.

Cerys Parker

Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, teacher, mum, and home educator from the UK. She loves getting creative, whether it is with simple and easy crafts and ideas, activities to make learning fun, or delicious recipes that you and your kids can cook together you'll find them all shared here on Rainy Day Mum.


  1. I love this post. You are absolutely right that reading is everywhere and not just present when sitting down to read a book. We love baking and reading the recipe and you have some fantastic ideas x

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