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Your child can read, but does she really enjoy it?

So your child has begun to read. She may be slow and stumble over a few words but she can manage. Fluent reading will not be far behind.

Has she got time and space to read?

Reading takes time. And maybe there's not time between school, playing with friends, swimming, football traning and the music lesson. Make sure she has a comfy chair or some floor cushions in her room where she can curl up peacefully.

Has she stopped reading altogether?

Perhaps the book is dull and boring. Perhaps the wrong choice was made, or perhaps the level is too difficult. Whatever the reason, everyone gets bored with a book sometimes. Simply encourage her to leave this particular book and choose another.

Do you still read stories to your child?

There's no need to stop reading aloud just because he can read. Instead, he might enjoy listening to you read more complicated stories than he could manage alone.

Do you have time to enjoy reading?

You might enjoy reading but may find you are always busy with children, work and the home. It's impossible to do everything you want and sometimes it's your reading time which disappears. But try to indulge yourself with a book - it’s a good example to set.

Try to give your child time to learn to enjoy books, too. He may not develop an appetite for reading straightaway. It's easier to switch on the television or to play video games where images are instantly accessible, than it is to get into a book whose grip might be less immediate. But once he is hooked