Inspire Young Learners to Read

Posted on September 2nd, 2013

We all want our children to show an interest in reading. Making reading part of every day is one of the best ways to do this. From a story at bed time to quite time in the afternoon, time spent together with a book is quality time that will give your child the step they need to learning at school and a love of books.  However not all children will show the same level of interest. Some are naturally more energetic, more inclined to physical activity and less willing to sit and learn. For these children, finding books that are tactile with a gripping story line and illustrations becomes so much more important. There are some beautiful books around for youngsters these days so it should be possible to engage even the most reluctant learners. 

Parragon Books

I have been lucky enough to have found a great company to work with on the blog. Parragon Books have a whole range of super books. I have already made use of their step by step cook books and now am delighted to share their wide range of stories for younger children from babies to 8 years. 

Young readers enjoying Parragon books at Coombe Mill

For Babies and toddlers

The Little learners books have engaging pull out card sections, while others have sensory touch and feel or a face character in fabric through each page. 


Baby & Toddler books from Parragon at Coombe Mill

Early readers

Less tactile and beautifully illustrated these stores have just a sentence or two a page for a fast pace and feeling of moving on to a more gown up style yet still very engaging. I would say these books would happily be enjoyed from age 4 to 8 as children move from having books read to reading alone.

 Parragon books for 4 - 8 year old children at Coombe Mill

The lovely selection of books I have received are now in our reception for our holiday guests to borrow. They are proving very popular and it’s not hard to see why as they are engaging youngsters just as books should. We have happy children, delighted parents enjoying these books on holiday without the usual pressures of daily chores.


Win your Parragon Children’s Books with Coombe Mill

Parragon books to win at Coombe Mill

Parragon books are offering a chance to win all of the following titles for one lucky reader: 

Little Learners (Range aimed at babies and toddlers) 
– Hickory Dickory Dock Finger Puppet Book
– I Am Big Slide and See Book

Children’s Picture Books:
– Count to 10 with a Mouse
– Goodnight Little One
– Around the World We Go

Total retail value £23.97



If you would like to be in with a chance just leave a comment below to say so together with a way for me to contact you.

To increase your chance of winning: 

Follow Parragon Books and Coombemill on Twitter and leave ONE separate comment here to say you have done so with your twitter name.

For another entry like Coombemill and Parragon Books on Facebook and leave ONE extra comment here with your Facebook name.

For one final entry, please tweet the following sentence and leave another comment to say you have done so

I’ve entered to WIN a delightful set of @ParragonBooks for young children with @coombemill  Why don’t you? Pls RT:


The competition is open to UK residents and will close on Monday 16th September. The winner will be selected by and announced the following morning. Good luck to all taking part.

The Winner is Jo @ Le Baby Bakery. Well done Jo ands thank you to all who took part.


I was sent the Parragon books to review and offer to our holiday guests. They can be found in our reception for the perfect holiday bedtime story. All views expressed here are my own.