Learning to read is an essential life skill and one that can give great pleasure.
All the research shows that kids need to be read with (and read to) regularly – ideally every day – for them to become confident readers who are happy to absorb themselves in a book. Reading books that are well suited to your child's ability is really important in growing their confidence. So how do you find a book that matches your child's reading age?
Reading books used in primary schools are graded by level – also known as book bands, or for Oxford Reading Tree, stages. Your child's reading level should be assigned at school but you can also try this simple test at home.
There are lots of great reading programmes: Oxford Reading Tree, Collins Big Cat, and more, which means there is plenty to choose from. The good news is that the book band levels are largely the same across all the publishers so whether you are looking at Bug Club reading levels or the Oxford reading levels, the book bands and age-related expectations remain the same. Each school is free to select their own reading programme, (reading levels are not set by the National Curriculum) but Oxford Reading Tree levels remain widely used across primary schools.