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16 ways KS2 reading books can benefit your child and their education


We all like an entertaining story, don’t we? Well, books can also bring many benefits other than entertainment to your child while in Key Stage Two and working through their KS2 SATs tests.


In this article, you are about to discover how KS2 reading books can be a source of great learning and entertainment for them. In fact, you will learn 16 different benefits of reading  story books with examples of ideal books that have the specific advantages highlighted. At the end of this article, you will have a clear idea as to which books your child should now start reading and why.


1. Improvement of Literacy Skills

Key Stage 2 reading books can contribute significantly towards improving the English work of your child. We know that they will certainly go through a unique reading experience while enjoying books such as ‘Coraline’  or ‘The Graveyard Book’ by Neil Gaiman (you will find a review of Coraline and the Graveyard Book
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But in addition to this, your child will also be able to improve their written English skills and perform much better in their KS2 tests after reading those well-crafted books. They will subconsciously get inspired by the particular writing style of famous authors and try to imitate them. This attitude naturally leads to develop their writing skills.

You, as a parent, can also play an active part in this process by, for instance, asking them to write the story in their own words. Using this tactic in a consistent way will eventually help them to improve their creative writing abilities.

Another way that your child’s literacy skills can be boosted is when they pay attention to how the authors have played with words and how they have arranged sentences together. This could definitely refine your child’s skills regarding grammar and sentence structure. Books like ‘Chronicles of Narnia’ by C.S. Lewis and ‘The Oz Books’ by L. Frank Baum are certainly to be recommended for that purpose since they are well-written yet, possess relatively simple vocabularies.

Short stories for kids generally tend to also play a crucial role in how excellent a child becomes at reading fiction and non-fiction texts as a whole. In this age of information technology, partly because of the rapid increase in the use of computers and mobile devices, many people have gradually started to neglect books.
Books like ‘Harry Potter’ (you will find a review of Harry Potter here) have played an important role in successfully bringing back the reading habits in our children.



2. Encouraging Discussions with Children

Another great advantage of acquiring books is linked to how they allow fruitful discussions. You can discuss the storyline of some exciting reading books with your child during dinner time or while in the car. You can also ask them thought-provoking questions like what they learnt from reading those books. These will encourage him/her to stop and reflect and they will then get into the habit of reading books with full attention. In the end, they will internalise those questions which they will be able to ask themselves without your input.


3. Improvement of Storytelling Skills

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Different reading books for children at KS2 level can create in your child a flair for storytelling. As a parent, you can ask your kids to retell the story in their own words, or ask them to imagine another ending to a specific story.

Eventually, you may even be astonished to see that your child has learnt the art of storytelling and started writing their own stories. A book like ‘Short! : A Book of Very Short Stories’ by Kevin Crossley-Holland will teach them how to tell a story in a succinct and thought-provoking manner. Children’s story retelling can also be an effective literacy and language enhancement strategy for them. Many books are available in the form of audio books too and if your child tries to mimic the narrators’ intonation and voice, their efficiency at storytelling could be greatly enhanced. 


4. Improvement of your child’s listening and speaking skills

Another benefit of introducing your child to audiobooks is related to their listening and speaking skills. If your child listens to story books such as ‘The Spiderwick Chronicles: Books 1 – 5’, they will naturally pay complete attention to all details as they will want to understand the story. They will definitely develop their active listening power, and will be able to concentrate or focus more on other important topics. If these audiobooks are used with a group of children, this could be a great opportunity to then engage all of them in an enjoyable discussion about the particular story and themes covered in the audio.



5. Vocabulary Acquisition

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Reading story books regularly will always expose your child to new words used in contexts, which can tremendously help him/her in building vocabularies. The more stories your child hears and reads, the more words they will learn and use. If you as a parent clarifies the meaning of the complex words that your child comes across when reading books, they will be able to learn them quite effectively and immensely extend their vocabulary. This was the outcome of a study carried out by researchers from three universities in the USA on child development. This research, which focussed on “how reading books fosters language development around the world”, was published in 2012. Thus, if your child is in touch of books like ‘William Shakespeare’s Star Wars’ by Ian Doescher for example, they will be able to increase their vocabulary in quite a remarkable way.


6. Building Self-Esteem

Different story books for children can be an exceptionally useful tool in helping your child to grow positive self-esteem. They may get encouraged to believe more in themselves and try to build self-determination through reading books, like ‘Way Home’ by Libby Hathorn (a review of Way Home can be found here), where a little boy named Shane overcomes a lot of hurdles to take his new kitten back to the place where he lives.


7. Understanding the Value of Friendship

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The reading of books for KS2 school pupils can help the children understand that friendship is a precious gift to be highly appreciated and treasured. A book like ‘Charlotte’s Web’ by E.B White (Read the review here) could easily make your child realise that when someone is in danger, only the true friends come forward and render their helping hands with sincerity. This is a magnificent story of true friendship, commitment, and compassion, with which your child will clearly understand why friendship is such an important matter in life. The books of the famous ‘Harry Potter’ series (Read the review here) can also encourage both adults and children of any age to reflect on the real value of friendship, when Harry Potter, with the help of his friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, successfully deals with the evil forces.


8. Development of Moral Values

We all know how difficult it could be to teach children some of the values that we hold so dearly to. These values are often amazingly and subtlety depicted in some Key stage 2 reading books and they can also assist you in developing moral values in your child.

After reading a book like ‘Horrid Henry Early Reader Set’ ( Read full review here) for instance and analysing the character of Perfect Peter, your child could easily understand the value of becoming sweet-natured, obedient, innocent, and respectful to other people. When your son or daughter reads a book like ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’ by Mark Haddon, they can plainly understand the agony of those who suffer from diseases like autism, and see how they deal with extreme difficult situations. This could lead them to become more compassionate towards those who suffer.

9. Development of Sympathy towards the Have-Nots

Some reading books help children to better understand how others could be less fortunate than they are. The author Libby Hathorn for instance has beautifully depicted the story of a homeless child in ‘Way Home’ (Read full review here). This story, with any doubt, will touch the heart of your child, and perhaps lead them to become a little more sympathetic towards the have-nots.


10. Source of Healthy Entertainment

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The reading of books suitable for children at KS2 level can be a true source of healthy entertainment for them. The famous comic book series of Asterix can for instance be a source of great enjoyment for your child. Your child will manifestly be fascinated by the funny adventures of the Gaul warriors Asterix and Obelix, especially in the newest edition ‘Asterix and the Picts’. Other stories are not necessarily funny in themselves but are entertaining just by the way they grab your attention and captivate you until the end. Two good examples are ‘Coraline’ and ‘The Graveyard Book’ by Neil Gaiman (Read  full review here) which are both well suited books for year 5 children or above.


11. Perception of the Difference between Good and Evil

You will be happy to observe that your son or daughter could easily differentiate good from evil while reading books like ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’, ‘Horrid Henry Early Reader Set’ or ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’. These books are very good at helping children imitate the traits of the good characters and avoid the characteristics of the least sensible ones.

When they go through the reading of children’s books like ‘The Twits’ by Roald Dahl, they can clearly understand how awful bad behaviours could be, which will help them in turn avoid some of those unpleasant habits.


12. Strengthening the family bond

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Spending quality time with children is crucial to strengthen parent-child relationships. This quality time could easily and efficiently be spent while reading to your child. They will most probably be engaged with books like ‘Mog the Forgetful Cat’ by Judith Kerr (Read the full the review here) or ‘The Tale of Peter Rabbit’ by Beatrix Potter (see the review) as bedtime stories.


13. Recognising the Value of life skills

As parents, we would love for our children that they learn some life skills such as cooking, cleaning and so on as this means that they are starting to gradually being able to look after themselves. Some life skills games based on story books could be played with them at home too. One could for example teach your child the value of cleanliness and how satisfying it could be to keep the house neat and clean.

After reading the book ‘The Cat in the Hat’ by Dr. Seuss (see review) for instance, your child will feel encouraged to keep to the rules set and avoid making you, their parent unhappy.


14. Development of Imaginative Power

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Your son or daughter can develop their creativity and the power of imagination through reading books like ‘The Spiderwick Chronicles’, ‘The BFG’, or ‘Tom’s Midnight Garden’, which are full of fantasy and magic. For sure, they will learn ways to think differently after reading stories like these.  Another great book full of inspiration is ‘The Borrowers’ by Mary Norton (see full review here). It could successfully take your child to a wonderful imaginative world, where very special tiny creatures exist.



15. Learning Historical Facts

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Some exciting children reading books suitable at KS2 level can also be a source of historical knowledge. An excellent example can be found in the famous ‘Horrible Histories’ series of books which can also be a source of great learning for your child.  In the books of this series the author, Terry Deary, has amazingly narrated many historical facts in the most entertaining of manners and has done a great job to make history interesting to us. These books will take most people to a sensational world full of fun but also educational entertainment.


16. Improvement of Analytical Skills

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Some story books, like ‘Horrible Histories’, are full of exciting puzzles for children. They can easily improve their critical thinking power and analytical capabilities while solving those puzzles.


This article has detailed for you 16 different ways that your child can take advantage of reading KS2 books. We hope that you have found them interesting.

We also hope that you will be proactive and introduce your child to some of those kids stories so that they can easily improve their literacy skills while developing superior qualities in their character. Those books can also contribute in their success in the KS2 SATs tests which they will then approach in a more relaxed way.

Please leave us your thoughts in the comment box below as to how you intend to introduce some of those books to your child and the benefits that you have found.