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Favourite Characters

Ladybird Readers offer a host of favourite characters for children including Peppa Pig, Timmy, Spot and Peter Rabbit. Favourite characters help foster a love of reading from an early age.

Reading can sometimes be tricky, and using familiar characters can help relieve the fear factor. A familiar face on the page is always a great starting point from which to grow a love of reading.

Pre-reading Tasks

Often it helps, before starting a book, to do a few pre-reading tasks. This could include discussion about the front cover of a book, setting the scene and exploring the theme of the book before any reading takes place.

This is much easier when favourite characters are involved. The learners will have more to say about the book, they will know more, and they will enjoy guessing what the story might be about.

Try asking a few questions before you start reading:
• Do you know who this is? What is their name? What are they like?
• What do you like about this character?
• Where have you seen them before?

Character Games

1. Flashcard shout out: use the Ladybird Reader flashcards to play games at each stage of reading.
• Pre-reading: use the flashcards before reading takes place to look at prior knowledge the learners may have
• Whilst Reading: pause to reflect on key language and characters
• Post reading: review key themes, looking at the related flashcards together

2. Real life object games: hunt around the house for some objects to related to the boook.
• Pre-reading: try a show-and-tell to bring the book to life. If you are reading The Three Bears you could have some porridge, three bowls and three spoons. Ask your reader to guess the story
• Whilst reading: pause to look at objects connected to characters in the story
• Post reading: encourage learners to select a real life object and use it in a role-play about their favourite character

2. The wall race: put pictures or characters from the book around the room at home or in the classroom.
• Pre-reading: ask the learners to guess who and what the story will be about
• Whilst reading: ask learners to jump/hop/walk/run to the right picture as you read the story aloud
• Post reading: ask learners to collect each picture/character and say a few things that they learned from the story