Your child will love you reading with them. Try asking questions as you read a story together – it’ll help them learn new words and understand the story better.

  • Hare and Tortoise
  • Marshall Armstrong is New to our School
  • Gigantosaurus
Before you start reading, look at the front and back cover of the book together. Encourage your child to think about the book by asking them questions: 'Which animal is bigger?' and 'What do you think might happen in the story?'
Look at the cover of the book together and ask your child what they think might happen. When you've finished the story, ask them what might happen in the next book - What is Elisabeth Bell like? What's in her house?
Look at the dinosaurs' faces - ask your child if they can tell how each character is feeling at different points in the story and why they might feel that way. Tell your child what your favourite part in the story was and ask what their favourite part was. It'll help your child understand feelings and how to talk about them, whatever the situation.

Hey! There are loads of fun ways to Write too.

Don't forget about the everyday Count ideas.

Handy tips


Carry pens and paper to use on the go


Look for opportunities to talk about different sizes (e.g. more than, less than, bigger, smaller)


Talk to your child about their friends