Parents’ Resources

Doorstep Library brings books into families’ lives because we know that reading at home is just as important as reading at school. Reading with your child can feel daunting, especially if, like many people, you’re not confident with phonics! But don’t worry – you don’t need to be a teacher to get the most out of reading with your child. The tips and resources below are all focused on making reading at home together as fun and enjoyable as possible.

Reading together

Here you can find some guidance on how to support your child’s reading journey. At Doorstep Library, we know that making reading fun and enjoyable at home will help children feel excited when it comes to reading at school – and give children a life-long love of books.

  • Choosing books: a guide to choosing books by age, from babies to 11+

Introduction to Children’s Literature

  • Reading tips: Doorstep Library’s top tips for getting the most out of reading at home with children aged 6+

Reading Tips for children aged 6+

  • Shared reading: connecting with your child through books – let reading take you places, together

Shared Reading

  • Screen time guide for parents: In today’s modern world of screen usage, it is important to consider the negative effects of extended screen time on the eyes, minds, and bodies of children.

Screen Time Guide for Parents

Early Years, 0-5 year olds

It’s never too early to start reading with your child. Studies have shown that it’s both a brilliant bonding activity for you and your baby and works wonders for their brain development.

  • Choosing books: a guide to choosing books, specifically for children aged 0-5

Book suggestions for 0-5 Year Olds

  • Reading tips: Doorstep Library’s top tips for reading with 0-5 year olds

Reading Tips for 0-5 Year Olds

  • Top tips for reading with your little one: more reading tips in a quick video from Amy, our Project Coordinator for Lambeth

Top 5 Tips For Reading at Home

Other Resources

If you’d like to get support with a wide range of topics from finding your local library or children centres or even more information from your local council please see the table below.

Children Centres Local Libraries Local Councils
Westminster Westminster Westminster
Lambeth Lambeth Lambeth
Hammersmith & Fulham Hammersmith & Fulham Hammersmith & Fulham