Is my child ready to hear chapter books?

Parents often wonder how to tell if their child is ready to start listening to “chapter books”. The shift from picture books to chapter books can be a challenging time for parents who worry that they are pushing their child, or perhaps not pushing them enough towards longer, less  picture-heavy texts.

This article goes into some detail about how to work out when your child is ready to start listening  to longer books:

Literacy, families and learning

There are some other very interesting articles on the site as well.

Parents – great article about encouraging your older children to read

Cliff Notes:

  • Read yourself. Let children see you as a reader.
  • Read to your children until they say “no more!” (some of my fondest childhood memories are of my father reading my brother and me “Wind in the Willows” and other wonderful books.
  • Try to expand their reading horizons by finding more challenging books by familiar authors.
  • Sometimes it’s a matter of finding the right book.

My own personal observation is that reluctant readers finding a series that grips their attention is a great starting point. Keep them shorter books when you start off. I only ever read the first book in a series to students, leaving them to read the others independently.

I’ve linked to the article below.

If your child won’t read, find another book


Premier’s Reading Challenge 2013


All students are registered automatically as our school takes part in this great activity. Last year we were among the 235,000 people who completed the Challenge – well done Timbumburi!

Next time you are in the Library, look for the Premier’s  Reading Challenge books, so you can count them towards your reading tally. Students can complete their own reading log online, or have a parent help them. Students use their DEC Portal user name and password to access their reading log on the Premier’s Reading Challenge Website

If your child does not know their user name and password please ask their teacher who will be able to give you that information. We are currently compiling username/password cards for all K-2 students which will be laminated and sent home for your information.

The following information is from the PRC website:

“The Premier’s Reading Challenge (PRC) is available for all NSW students in Kindergarten-Year 9, in government, independent, Catholic and home schools. Participation by schools and students is voluntary.The Challenge aims to encourage in students a love of reading for leisure and pleasure, and to enable students to experience quality literature. It is not a competition but a challenge to each student to read, to read more and to read more widely.

The Premier’s Reading Challenge is an initiative of the NSW State government with Dymocks Children’s Charities (principal sponsor) and Sun-Herald (media partner).

Each year, the Challenge runs from 1 March to 1 September.

When the Challenge finishes in September, students should be encouraged to continue reading and enjoying books they find on the PRC booklists and from other sources. From September to March, they can explore more books from their favourite category e.g. fantasy or by authors they discovered when they were doing the Challenge. Students can also make lists of books they would like for presents or start their own book club and share books with friends.

Students are also encouraged to take part in their local public library’s Holiday Reading Program, while waiting for the next school year.

To qualify for the Challenge, the required number of books read must be entered electronically. Online reading records are available in March and books can be entered via any computer with internet access at school, in a public library or at home.

Students use individual usernames and passwords to access their own record.

The school’s PRC coordinator validates the student reading records by selecting the ‘validate’ button. Certificates and the Honour Roll can then be generated.”