Reading is such an essential skill. Helen, my seven-year-old, is an avid reader. She loves books and particularly enjoys works by authors such as Enid Blyton and Roald Dahl.
It’s not quite so straightforward with Izzy as she is only three years old. She can recognise her name and attempts to spell words but it’ll be a while until she can read. That said, she loves to sit down and have stories read to her.
As a family that puts a lot of importance on reading, we were delighted to hear about a campaign that’s been launched by YouTube Kids. Called #ReadAlong, the aim is to celebrate reading throughout the month of June and encourage children to get reading ahead of the long summer break. Those of us with school-aged children will, after all, be concerned about retaining those all-important literacy skills while there are no classes at school.
Along with Helen and Izzy, I’ve recorded a short video explaining a bit more about the campaign. Please do click on the play button and watch it for yourself.
Essentially, you will find a host of content on the YouTube Kids app that has been designed to encourage children to read. There are videos featuring kids’ rhymes, songs and classic stories such as Rapunzel.
There is also new content. One example comes from a group called Freckles. These guys started a band when they had kids. As the kids grew they grew, they concentrated on producing family friendly music. The Reading is Magic video was a particular hit with my kids, its message at the end being to “read a book to your favourite stuffed animal!”
SpacePOP has also been well received. This is a cartoon band producing kid-friendly tunes. Some of the videos come with lyrics that Helen can read that she sings along to. It’s a great way to encourage reading of material other than stories.
There’s loads of similar content on YouTube Kids to explore. If your family already use the app, simply punch in the #ReadAlong hashtag. If you don’t use YouTube Kids, you can download it for free for iOS and Android devices from iTunes or Google Play.
If you find anything particularly interesting on YouTube Kids, please do add your suggestions in a comment below. I’m always looking for inspiring suggestions. Also, if you have other suggestions for encouraging your children to read, please leave your ideas below. Happy reading!
Disclosure; I work in partnership with #YouTube Kids as an influencer. Thoughts and opinions entirely my own