Is your child struggling with home readers? These tips can help!

Gah! School readers! Some kids don’t mind them. Some kids hate them. More often than not, there will be a time for every family when a child is struggling with home readers. When school readers become a bit of a battle. (We’ve all felt dismay when opening the reader folder to a book about Timmy’s trip to the circa 1980s bakery!)

Karen Gawen, Young People’s Services Supervisor at the Sunshine Coast Council, says it’s important kids enjoy reading.

“Reading builds vocabulary and analytical thinking skills. It increases emotional intelligence and self-confidence,” Ms Gawen says. “It improves memory and imagination. Most importantly, it’s a fun pastime for kids to grow up with.”

If your child is struggling their way through readers each week, there is plenty you can do to help.

“Read with them, use silly voices, make reading time fun; it shouldn’t be seen as a chore!” Ms Gawen says.

To help put the fun back into reading and help kids with home readers, Sunshine Coast Libraries stocks a range of interesting, recreational readers that help parents support their kids with early literacy development. These reader sets can also act as an additional resource to support schools’ existing resources. Talk about win-win!

“Reading about a topic they enjoy, or sharing a book with a parent they have chosen goes a long way to instilling a love for reading and literacy early,” Ms Gawen says.

“If kids are interested in the subject, they will want to read. Any reading is good reading!”

Sunshine Coast Libraries has more than 56 different series sourced from around the world. They are distributed across Sunshine Coast Libraries network and can be reserved for free.

Below is a selection of the more popular reader sets you can find at the library.


Great home readers for kids

I can read

Featuring beloved characters like Pete the Cat, Amelia Bedelia and Baby Shark, I can read books are sure to engage your children into the wonderful world of reading.

Reading Tracks

Young readers are taken on a journey through the beautiful landscapes of the Australian central deserts and the northern rivers, oceans and islands. They learn about First Australians’ ancient cultures and practices.

Dr Seuss Learning Library

All the favourite Seuss books your little one grew up with can also be used as a great literacy tool.

Step into Reading

From Disney Classics such as Aladdin or 101 Dalmatians to superhero characters like Batman or Black Adam. This series is perfect for your children to really enjoy reading.

National Geographic Kids

Pre-readers and early readers can learn all about the world, famous people, and wildlife through these fun, colourful and informative titles.

Visit Sunshine Coast Libraries for more information and tips on supporting your child’s early literacy.

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By Angela Sutherland
After spending many years hustling stories on busy editorial desks around the world, Angela is now mum of two little ones and owner/editor at Kids on the Coast / Kids in the City. She is an atrocious cook and loves cutting shapes to 90s dance music. Angela is the editor of Kids on the Coast - a free family magazine whats on guide for Kids: things to do, school holiday fun and free activities for kids... Fun attractions, family food & travel, kids health & wellbeing, kids parties venues, parenting, pregnancy & babies, guide for parents. Servicing Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and beyond, Kids on the Coast is an online guide for parents with kids things to do with kids, schools and education and lifestyle news located on Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast & Brisbane, QLD.

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