Bring a story to life!

Did you know the majority of brain development occurs in the first three years of a child's life? Talking and listening to young children develops their social and literacy skills. Reading out loud is a good way to encourage two-way communication. And there's nothing better than getting lost in a good book together.

What to do

Take it in turns reading each page, make funny voices and sounds together to bring the story to life. As well as reading the story, talk about the pictures. Book characters are a great topic of conversation during and after reading time. If there's a picture of a dog, talk about a dog you know. Or if you see a dog in the park, refer back to the dog in the book: "Oh look, there’s Spot, Scooby Doo, Hairy Maclary..."

In our activity pack we suggest a few ideas using the story ‘The Further Adventures of The Owl and the Pussy-cat’ by Julia Donaldson and Charlotte Voake.

The Government's Life Chances strategy is in development. Investing in children under 5 is the best way to ensure their future wellbeing and success.

In the most deprived areas of England, three out of five children walk through the school gates on their first day not ready to learn.

Action for Children is committed to making sure every child has the love, support and opportunity to reach their potential.

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