Why is Book Week important?
As an early years practitioner, you understand the importance of sharing books with children of all ages. From those first bath reads to the magical world of Harry Potter; children love being immersed in the pages of a good book.
Often the time spent reading and sharing books with children is one of the most valuable moments you can spend with them, both at home and in your setting. Reading together is a great thing to share with children and allows you, as an early years practitioner, to build children’s confidence with literacy.
How can you encourage a love of reading?
You can also create lots of extension activities leading on from the books you share with your nursery children to really bring a story to life; this will develop the children’s understanding of the story and capture their imagination!
The Scottish Book Trust has developed a reading programme called Bookbug. Bookbug is a great programme that early years settings can use to help children develop a love for reading and books.
The programme gifts bags full of books tailored for specific age groups to all children in Scotland from birth to Primary 1. The aim of Bookbug is to encourage language skills, shared family reading time, literacy confidence and early writing skills. More information about Bookbug can be found here
There are many more great resources on the Scottish Book Trust’s website which are linked in with the Scottish Curriculum Framework documents. For example, encouraging children through song and rhyme can develop a lifelong learning from books and reading. Find the resources here
So get your thinking caps on for Book Week Scotland and share what you get up to by tagging us in your posts @NDNAScotland and @NDNAtalk and using the hashtag #BookWeekScot