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Five tips for your 10-minutes-a-day


1. Learning to read is not the same as reading for pleasure. Leave reading homework for another time: your ten minutes at bedtime should be reading a book purely for enjoyment.


2. Don’t worry if your child wants to go back to picture books, even when they have advanced well beyond this stage. Comfort reading is something we all enjoy.


3. It doesn’t really matter what you read. Some children love non-fiction, others love comic books. Try to offer a large and interesting variety of reading material.


4. Don’t stop reading to your child just because they can read by themselves.


5. The only way to form a habit is to do it regularly.


Laura Fraine is a journalist.


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Books for Keeps No.208 September 2014 15


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Sarah McIntyre’s Exeter Library Event Photograph by Sarah Reeve


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