Hi, I’m Katy – parent, practitioner and prolific reader. I recommend books based on your child’s reading personality and provide tips and strategies to turn them into readers for life. This goes beyond teaching the skills of learning to read.
I answer the question I am most frequently asked ‘what should my child read?’ by helping you to get to know your kids as a reader and recommending books for your child.
I have a tried and tested toolkit of ideas and resources from both my work and home life. As a Literacy Consultant and Assistant headteacher for over the last 20 years, I have worked alongside teachers, parents, and pupils to form good reading habits for life. I have trained teachers to nurture readers, and at home, I am growing my own three wildly different readers.
I started this site to create a community for parents who want their little (and not so little anymore) kids become readers. We all know that being a reader is vital, it’s a life skill – but we also know that not all children like the same books or are natural readers. This where Know your kids can help you.
Finding a book your child can’t put down is essential, and through Know Your Kids I can guide you and recommend books for your child to enjoy. However, this is only part of it; you need to develop your child as a reader. Knowing your child is the key. All children can love reading; it will vary in time, approach and amount of effort but with strategies that are right for them your child can enjoy reading.
Watching children become readers and flourish both academically and socially has always been a great privilege and the best part of my job. I want to share practical, easy to use ideas and resources with as many parents as possible, so you too have the tools you need to develop your child.
Whatever the topic around reading, I believe blogging is all about developing a supportive community, and the conversation that happens makes it more pleasurable and meaningful.
Want to know more? Start with these posts, connect with me on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest, and look out for my newsletter that’s a little more personal than the blog posts.
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Thanks, I hope I can help you to get to know your kids.