Many parents ask when they should start to prepare their child for the 11+. The answer rests with inspiring them to read as early as possible. The benefits of reading in extending a child’s knowledge and understanding of vocabulary are certainly proven. A wide vocabulary and accurate spelling are essential for the 11+ Verbal Reasoning papers.
Why not set your child a goal to read a book a week over holiday periods? It can be fun to visit the library together to allow your child to choose appropriate books which interest them. Including non-fiction books in their reading will extend their vocabulary further.
If you are looking for some inspiration, you will find a few suggested books below. Reading ages vary significantly however, so these are for guidance only. Listening to your child read, sharing the reading with them so they combine listening skills with reading, as well as discussing the meaning of words and their comprehension of the story as you go along, will allow you to evaluate if you are pitching their book choices at the right level. Your child’s school can also give you guidance on books to read, but remember that children learn at different speeds so try not to make comparisons.
Above all it is important to remember that reading should be fun so try not to turn it into a chore. Books should be easily accessible around the home, in the kitchen, bedroom, living room and if your child is finding reading a particular book difficult, change it, so they are not put off. Reading little and often can be the most effective way to see results. Include reading within the daily routine, for example just before bed, so it becomes ‘the norm’ to have their head in a book.

Books for 7-9 year olds

Books for 9-11 year olds

Books for 11-13 year olds