World Book Day
Whether you are into reading funny books, scary books, magical books, books about facts or books about fiction, World Book Day is all about BOOKS!
Liferaft team favourites
The Liferaft team love a good book (normally with a cup of tea and a chocolate biscuit!) so we asked some of them for their favourite books when they were children:
Clare (Ops Director) read every Elmer The Elephant book and any books that had elephants in them! In fact, Clare still loves elephants and they feature in every room in her house!
Shelley (Sales & Marketing) used to love reading The Three Little Pigs with lots of huffing and puffing!
Jane (Project Manager) loved reading the St Clare’s and Mallory Towers books about a group of girls at boarding school and has already got both sets for her nearly 8-year old daughter to read!
Getting children to read
For some children, getting them to read can be stressful and for parents, it can be difficult to work out if your child is a reluctant reader or struggles to read. The Oxford Owl is an award-winning website from Oxford University Press, created to support children’s learning both at home and at school. Click here to make use of their brilliant resource to help and support parents and children.
Our Chief Technical Officer loves visiting the local library with his daughter! You could turn a visit into an adventurous day out to help encourage your child to read. Libraries will also have a huge selection of books for all reading types and age groups. To find out more about your local library, click here
If you are unsure of where to start, we’ve put together a few websites to guide you in the right direction. You may be looking for a book that helps explain a specific disability so your child will understand more about themselves or looking how to introduce some ‘every day’ experiences such as going to the hairdressers or the doctor through reading a book. There are also story books available where the central character has a disability.
Bag Books is a UK registered charity supporting people with learning disabilities through the provision of multi-sensory books and storytelling. It is the only charity in the world publishing multi-sensory books for people with severe or profound and multiple learning disabilities. http://www.bagbooks.org/
Off We Go! books prepare children for everyday experiences and improve language and social skills. They have proved to be of benefit for children with special needs. http://www.offwego.ie/index.php
We love this list of books for dyslexic and reluctant readers from The Independent http://www.independent.co.uk/extras/indybest/arts-books/best-kids-books-dyslexic-dyslexia-reluctant-readers-a7345621.html
Personal reviews of recommended books for parents, teachers and children on each special needs topic http://www.childrensdisabilities.info/childrens-books.html
Scope has published storybooks featuring disabled children. Read more at https://www.scope.org.uk/support/families/books/children#K6p4hh5zjTk5HLfd.99https://www.scope.org.uk/support/families/books/children
Nicola, the founder of Liferaft, was a wife and working mother with three children. Her daughter, Faith, had multiple and complex additional needs. She understands the world of being a parent carer and set about designing a tool to support those who find themselves in a similar position.
In conjunction with author Gail Yardley, Nicola has also been busy with books! Based on a group of ponies in the Isle of Wight, Nicola and Gail have written several books about Molly, Malt Loaf and their friends! To find out more about the Happy Ponies, click here.
To find out more about Liferaft and how it can help you, those you care for and their care circle, visit their website on www.myliferaft.com