- Help them understand the difference they could make to their child in later life
- Make it easier for them to help (through resources & time-saving tricks)
Can we use technology to make reading easier and more accessible for children and parents?
- Reading on their Mum's smartphone on the bus on the way to school
- Audiobooks or apps that provide children whose parents don't have suficient reading skills the opportunity to listen while watching the words of the text
Or should we go back to basics?
- Providing free secondhand books to families
- Encouraging kids to read on the back of cereal boxes at breakfast time (cereal brands could publish a new chapter of a story each month)
- Reading posters at bus stops, leisure centres, supermarkets... maximising every spare minute of a child's time
How can volunteers help when parents don't have the time or resources themselves?
- Set up volunteer reading groups before and after school, combining childcare and reading while parents are still at work
- Record audiobooks in languages that are currently under-served
Take a look at this charity in the UK that recruits volunteers to help children with their reading: http://www.beanstalkcharity.org.uk/