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Is Listening Cheating?

Read fiction. Read the classics. Read physical books.

Absolutely - do - but don’t limit yourself!

More times than I’d like to remember, I’ve heard children being restricted in the ways they access texts, as if non-fiction is less enriching than fiction, or listening to an audiobook is cheating. Yes, you can learn a lot about layout and language from seeing the text on a page, but you can learn just as valid skills about intonation and emphasis, for example, from listening to a text being read aloud.

As we all know, variety is the spice of life, and when it comes to reading, the more you do the better. What’s most important is that reading is accessible, convenient and engaging. However your child chooses to engage in reading - even if it doesn’t involve actual reading - enjoyment is key.