Why reading classic books is essential for vocabulary development

We know that often parents and children are hesitant about reading classic books. If this is you we want to encourage you in the following way.

There are lots of classic book that will appeal to your child

There are lots of different classic books and you are sure to find one which appeals to both your own and your child’s interests. Have a look through our 11 Plus Classic Books reading List and you are sure to find something that appeals. If you are worried about buying a book that might not appeal then try to borrow it from the local library or read what the book is about by following the link we provide to each book.

Use Paired reading to get into Classic books

Reading together using the paired reading method can really help you to get into classic books. You could alternatively read some of the books which are relevant for a younger audience to your child at night. Reading together helps children to understand what is going on and to grasp the more difficult vocabulary they will encounter.

Children will develop a much wider vocabulary if they read classic books

One of the key reasons that children benefit from reading classic books in preparation for their 11 Plus exam is that they will encounter vocabulary that they may not otherwise encounter.

To illustrate this here’s a selection of the more unusual vocabulary contained on just one page of excellent adventure story Robinson Crusoe By Daniel Defoe

Sabbath

Reckoning

Omitted

Gunner

Popish

Husbanded

Notwithstanding

Pale

Heavily

Afflicting

Despondency

Partially

Poring

Creditor

Debtor

Perishing

Sustenance

Ranging

 

We would urge you to ensure that reading classic books is part of your 11 Plus preparation process. Use our 11 Plus Classic book reading list to help you choose some books.