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7 Engaging Reading Books for Children

September 3, 2020

Love reading? This Sunday 6th September is National Read a Book Day 2020, a perfect opportunity to encourage little ones to read! In the blogpost, discover a book for every child to meet individual interests and needs. See inside a variety of kids’ reading books in the above video and read more about each book below.  

1. Indestructible Baby Books

Let’s begin the reading journey at the very start with baby books! Scrunch it, chew it, wash it – Indestructibles books have you covered! Made from a non-toxic, tightly-woven material that is rip proof and waterproof, this fantastic series is built for the way babies read…with their hands and mouths! Colourful illustrations with simple words fill each page to entertain young minds and introduce early literacy skills. See inside the Indestructibles Baby Animals book in the above video! 

2. Engaging Picture Books

Reading story books is a lovely pastime for caregivers and children. Celebrate International Dot Day 2020 on 15th September with a multiple award-winning modern classic, The Dot! Created by Peter H. Reynolds, this inspirational picture book follows Vashti’s journey of self-discovery and encourages children to make their mark in the world! Watch this video from the author to discover the motivation behind the book.  

Fancy winning your own copy of The Dot? WordUnited have partnered with Walker Books to bring you a brilliant giveaway! Simply head to @wordunited‘s Instagram on 4th September and follow the details on the giveaway post to enter the competition. Three lucky winners will receive a copy of The Dot in time for International Dot Day 2020!  

3. Dyslexia Friendly Books

Explore a range of books curated to support children with dyslexia here. Barrington Stoke books feature dsylexia-friendly font on gently tinted paper to help make reading easier. Page layouts avoid overcrowding with accessible spacing and lots of illustration to break up the text. Moreover, readers will develop comprehension skills when reading story books like this. They will also enjoy the interesting storylines, as content is matched to the age of the reader instead of their reading level. Check out fabulous books such as Space Ace, Noah Scape and Shona, Word Detective! 

4. Complete Reading Schemes

Teaching children how to read? WordUnited’s very own Let’s Read series introduces children to reading in a unique and simple way. Comprised of 8 step-by-step books, children learn all letters and sounds to enable reading. Packed full of vibrant, real-life images and colour-coded fonts that are easy to read, young learners will be engaged. Plus, the books are cleverly designed to help easily distracted children to maintain focus. Parents and teachers will also find guidance included. Grab a copy of the complete series today for a discounted price of £23.99! 

5. Outdoor Kids’ Reading Books

Outdoor play is a vital part of childhood, benefiting both physical and mental development. There are a variety of wonderful outdoor books that encourage children to explore the world around them, whilst improving reading skills. For example, try National Trust pocket books such as Go Wild in the Woods and Out and About Bird Spotter. These adventure-based kids’ reading books are perfectly sized for popping into a backpack for a day of exploring and contain a wealth of information for children to read. Similarly, Beach Walk and Backyard Adventure also provide excellent tips and ideas for outdoor play. 


6. Science and Technology Books

Boost scientific thinking and reading skills with science and technology books! Children will feel inspired by Ada Twist, Scientist, an award-winning hardback kids’ reading book encouraging kids to follow their passion. In addition to inspiring children, Ada Twist is a beloved character with a boundless curiosity for science and loves to ask ‘Why?’ Charming illustrations and rhyming text make this book a delightful read!  

7. Geography and History Books

Travel around the world and back in time with geography, history and culture books! With limits to travel during COVID-19, live vicariously through books such as The Ultimate Book of Cities. Alternatively, experience adventures of the past with Shackleton’s Journey, a visual re-telling of an amazing expedition! Stunning illustrations and fascinating details will captivate children’s interest, as they learn about important historic events.  

Check out @wordunited‘s Instagram on 4th September to enter the competition & a chance to win your very own copy of The Dot for International Dot Day 2020! Browse thousands more toys, resources and books on and download hundreds of free printables from our fast-growing Free Resources Hub 

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