May is National Family Reading Month

Read more in May!

Every year during National Family Reading Month, Scholastic Australia holds an exciting reading challenge as part of the celebration.

Research shows that family reading time is one of the best ways to grow a child’s interest in the wonderful world of books. Kids who read, succeed!

Here are some great ways to get your child reading:

1. Set aside a reading time. Pick a reading time that is suitable for everyone. It might be before bedtime or even after homework.
2. Pick a reading place. It is important that everyone is comfortable so they can enjoy the book.
3. Read together. One person can read the book, or family members can take turns.
4. Visit your local library. Enjoy free resources such as books and read-aloud events. 
5. Involve and engage everyone. Before reading, point to the book’s title, author and illustrator. Ask your children what they think the book may be about, or during reading ask what will happen next.
6. Fill your home with reading materials. Place books, magazines, newspapers, cookbooks and more throughout the house so your child is surrounded by things to read. 
7. Get caught reading yourself. When your child sees you read, they will be inspired to read.
8. Have older siblings read to younger siblings. By reading to a younger sibling, the reader will gain confidence.
9. Start seasonal traditions. Pick a book to read every year when your child goes back to school. You can also read the same special book during a holiday.
10. Keep favourite books around. It can be comforting for a new reader to build confidence and fluency by practising when re-reading a favourite book. 

Join the 2018 Read More in May Challenge!
Ask your child to read for at least 10 minutes every day in May. Download the Koala Reading Log here to keep track of their reading.

Enter your child and their teacher into the random prize draw online here. Entries open 1 May 2018.

Children complete the Koala Reading Log by colouring in a book for each day they read. Keep the log to show proof of participation in case you are drawn as a winner.