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Paired Reading Guide

Paired Reading is a fantastic way to share books together! This 'Quick Guide' will help you to have fun with reading at home!

Before Reading

Choose a book and find somewhere peaceful and comfortable to read! Also, agree on the signal that your child will use when they decide to read on their own.

When Reading

Step 1:

  • Make sure you can both see the book clearly.

  • Look at the front cover together and talk about what you can see. What do you think it will be about? What do you think might happen?

Step 2:

  • Start reading aloud with your child.

  • Don't worry if children get a word wrong, just point to the word and ask them to repeat it again.

Step 3:

  • When your child gives the signal to read alone, you should follow along silently.

Step 4:

  • Begin reading together again if your child makes a mistake.

Step 5:

  • Continue to read together until they signal to read alone again.

After Reading

Please ask your child some questions about the book.

  • What did they enjoy about it?

  • Have you learnt anything new or different?


Reading together is a great way to relax after a busy day! If you or your child stumble on tricky words you can always talk about the pictures inside the book! Where's the story set? What's going to happen next?